Jewish. Studies–as-Counterlife. Given a conflicted institutional history and a
frictional present, a story as well as plot, counterlife feels peculiarly apt for
describing the academic pursuit we know as Jewish Studies, which began its life
as a kind ...
Author: Adam Zachary Newton
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
This book tells the story of a Jewish Studies that hasn’t fully happened—at least not yet. Newton asks what we mean when we say “Jewish Studies”—and when we imagine it not as mere amalgam but as a project. Jewish Studies offers a unique perspective from which to view the horizon of the academic humanities because, although it arrived belatedly, it has spanned a range of disciplinary locations and configurations, from an “origin story” in nineteenth-century historicism and philology, to the emancipatory politics of the Enlightenment, to the ethnicity-driven pluralism of the postwar decades, to more recent configurations within an interdisciplinary cultural studies. The conflicted allegiances with respect to traditions, disciplines, divisions, stakes, and stakeholders represent the structural and historical situation of the field, as it comes into contact with the humanities more broadly. At once a literary and philosophical thinker, Newton deploys a tableau of texts in concert with an ensemble of vivid, elastic tropes not only to theorize Jewish Studies but also to reimagine it as an agent of that potency Jacques Derrida calls “leverage”—a force multiplier for the field’s multiple possibilities. In refiguring a Jewish Studies to come, the book intervenes in a broader discourse about the challenge of professing disciplinary knowledges while promoting transit across their boundaries. Jewish Studies as Counterlife further amplifies Newton’s career-long articulation of the dialogic as the staging ground of ethical encounter.
Some of the works discussed, such as Philip Roth's novel Counterlife, the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers, are already widely acknowledged components of the American Jewish studies canon.
Author: Jack Kugelmass
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Key Texts in American Jewish Culture expands the frame of reference used by students of culture and history both by widening the "canon" of Jewish texts and by providing a way to extrapolate new meanings from well-known sources. Contributors come from a variety of disciplines, including American studies, anthropology, comparative literature, history, music, religious studies, and women's studies. Each provides an analysis of a specific text in art, music, television, literature, homily, liturgy, or history. Some of the works discussed, such as Philip Roth's novel Counterlife, the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers, are already widely acknowledged components of the American Jewish studies canon. Others-such as Bridget Loves Bernie, infamous for the hostile reception it received among American Jews+ may be considered "key texts" because of the controversy they provoked. Still others, such as Joshua Liebman's Piece of Mind and the radio and TV sitcom The Goldbergs, demonstrate the extent to which American Jewish culture and mainstream American culture intermingle with and borrow from each other.
The Yiddish History of the Jewish American Future 1: Jewish Studies and
Americanization In Philip Roth's 1986 book The Counterlife, not particularly
Zionist narrator Nathan Zuckerman finds himself in Israel a handful of years after
the Yom ...
Author: Benjamin Schreier
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Benjamin Schreier argues that Jewish American literature's dominant cliché of "breakthrough"—that is, the irruption into the heart of the American cultural scene during the 1950s of Jewish American writers like Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and Grace Paley—must also be seen as the critically originary moment of Jewish American literary study. According to Schreier, this is the primal scene of the Jewish American literary field, the point that the field cannot avoid repeating and replaying in instantiating itself as the more or less formalized academic study of Jewish American literature. More than sixty years later, the field's legibility, the very condition of its possibility, remains overwhelmingly grounded in a reliance on this single ethnological narrative. In a polemic against what he sees as the unexamined foundations and stagnant state of the field, Schreier interrogates a series of professionally powerful assumptions about Jewish American literary history—how they came into being and how they hardened into cliché. He offers a critical genealogy of breakthrough and other narratives through which Jewish Studies has asserted its compelling self-evidence, not simply under the banner of the historical realities Jewish Studies claims to represent but more fundamentally for the intellectual and institutional structures through which it produces these representations. He shows how a historicist scholarly narrative quickly consolidated and became hegemonic, in part because of its double articulation of a particular American subject and of a transnational historiography that categorically identified that subject as Jewish. The ethnological grounding of the Jewish American literary field is no longer tenable, Schreier asserts, in an argument with broad implications for the reconceptualization of Jewish and other identity-based ethnic studies.
Sure I was perfunctorily Jewish—who ever even thought about it? ... the family,
one approach would be to say to him, 'Come back and continue your Hebrew
studies here, continue learning Hebrew, studying Torah—'” “He studies Torah?
Author: Philip Roth
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The Counterlife is a novel unlike any that Philip Roth has written before, a book of astonishing 180-degree turns, a book of conflicting perspectives and points of view, and, by far, Roth's most radical work of fiction. The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Every major character (and most of the minor ones) is investigating, debating, and arguing the possibility of remaking the future. Illuminating these lives in transition and guiding us through all the landscapes, familiar and foreign, where these people are seeking self-transformation, is the mind of the novelist Nathan Zuckerman. His is the skeptical, enveloping intelligence that calculates the price that's paid in the struggle to change personal fortune and to reshape history. Yet his is hardly the only voice. This is a novel in which speaking out with force and lucidity appears to be the imperative of every life. There is Henry, the forty-year-old New Jersey dentist, who risks a quintuple bypass operation in order to escape the coronary medication that renders him sexually impotent. There is Maria, the wellborn young Englishwoman, who invites the disdain of her family by marrying the American she knows will be lease acceptable in Gloucestershire. There is Lippmann, the Israeli settlement leader, who contends that "everything is possible for the Jew if only he does not give ground." The action in The Counterlife ranges from a dentist's office in quiet suburban New Jersey to a genteel dining table in a tradition-bound English village, from a Christmas carol service in London's West End to a Sabbath evening celebration in a tiny desert settlement in Israel's occupied West Bank. Wherever they may find themselves, the characters of The Counterlife are tempted unceasingly by the prospect of an alternative existence that can reverse their fate. The Counterlife was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Lazarus, Syrkin, Reznikoff, and Roth Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence
Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of ... ( Counterlife 55 ) In
turning to the problem of Israel at this phase in his career , having seemingly
exhausted the ...
Author: Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Louisville Ranen Omer-Sherman
Publisher: Brandeis Univ
An in-depth exploration of the work of four major writers confronting Jewish nationalism and the fate of the diaspora.
Examines the works of key Jewish American authors to explore how the concept of identity is put to work by identity-based literary study.
Author: Benjamin Schreier
Publisher: NYU Press
He destroys in order to create. In a sweeping critique of the field, Benjamin Schreier resituates Jewish Studies in order to make room for a critical study of identity and identification. Displacing the assumption that Jewish Studies is necessarily the study of Jews, this book aims to break down the walls of the academic ghetto in which the study of Jewish American literature often seems to be contained: alienated from fields like comparative ethnicity studies, American studies, and multicultural studies; suffering from the unwillingness of Jewish Studies to accept critical literary studies as a legitimate part of its project; and so often refusing itself to engage in self-critique. The Impossible Jew interrogates how the concept of identity is critically put to work by identity-based literary study. Through readings of key authors from across the canon of Jewish American literature and culture—including Abraham Cahan, the New York Intellectuals, Philip Roth, and Jonathan Safran Foer—Benjamin Schreier shows how texts resist the historicist expectation that self-evident Jewish populations are represented in and recoverable from them. Through ornate, scabrous, funny polemics, Schreier draws the lines of relation between Jewish American literary study and American studies, multiethnic studies, critical theory, and Jewish Studies formations. He maintains that a Jewish Studies beyond ethnicity is essential for a viable future of Jewish literary study.
Offers critical analyses of several of Roth ' s novels , including The Counterlife .
Lyons , Bonnie . “ Jew on the Brain ' in ' Wrathful Phillipics . ” ” Studies in
American Jewish Literature 8 ( Fall , 1989 ) : 186 - 195 . Lyons reads The
Counterlife in ...
Author: Steven G. Kellman
Publisher: Salem PressInc
Includes more than 360 interpretative essays on works of twentieth-century fiction published in the United States and Latin America.
After the Revolution follows the lives of Jewish-American writers in the 1940's and 1950's who were both political and literary, and whose writing grew out of their politics.
Author: Mark Shechner
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press
After the Revolution follows the lives of Jewish-American writers in the 1940's and 1950's who were both political and literary, and whose writing grew out of their politics. Mark Shechner shows how the ferment of post-Marxist thought in those decades spurred the writings of Lionel Trilling, Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Issac Rosenfeld, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth (cover).
Author: Dan Cohn-Sherbok
Modelled on the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Christian Biography (Continuum 2001), the Dictionary of Jewish Biography provides a rapid reference to all those Jewish men and women who have, over the last four thousand years, contributed to the life, history and study of Judaism in all its facets. Each entry is followed by a short bibliography and an extended introduction which explains criteria for entry and technical details relating to transliteration. With over one thousand entries, this one volume source book will be indispensable for a wide range of people and will be an essential purchase for all libraries.
By shifting attention from the image of Jews as a textual community to the ways Jews understand and manage their bodies -- for example, to their concerns with reproduction and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth-- this volume contributes ...
Author: Howard Eilberg-Schwartz
Publisher: SUNY Press
By shifting attention from the image of Jews as a textual community to the ways Jews understand and manage their bodies -- for example, to their concerns with reproduction and sexuality, menstruation and childbirth-- this volume contributes to a revisioning of what Jews and Judaism are and have been. The project of re-membering the Jewish body has both historical and constructive motivations. As a constructive project, this book describes, renews, and participates in the complex and ongoing modern discussion about the nature of Jewish bodies and the place of bodies in Judaism.