Defenses of the Imagination: Jewish...

A carefully selected set of critical and biographical essays that offer analyses of a spectrum of poems, stories, historical and critical works by selected Jewish writers, who witnessed the presence of humanistic values in the most ghastly historical circumstances of the twentieth century.

Defenses of the Imagination

Defenses of the Imagination: Jewish Writers and Historical Crisis


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Front MatterTitle PageCopyright PageDedication PageAcknowledgmentsContentsPrefaceThe Modern ContextDefenses of the ImaginationPortraitsOsip Mandelstam: The Poet as WitnessWalter Benjamin: The Aura of the PastGershom Scholem: History and the AbyssLea Goldberg: Poetry in Dark TimesUri Zvi Greenberg: A Poet of the HolocaustCharles Reznikoff: Between Present and PastEliot, Lawrence, and the Jews: Two Versions of EuropeFiction and Historical CrisisJewish Humor and the Domestication of MythA Novel of the Post-Tragic WorldAgmon's Mediterranean FableShtetl and RevolutionFiction in a State of SiegeUpdike, Malamud, and the Fire This TimeA Problem of Horizons
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