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Reading Hebrew Literature
Critical Discussions of Six Modern Texts
Alan Mintz, ed.

Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry
Brandeis University Press
2002 • 224 pp. 6 x 9"
Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Literary Criticism

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“[A]n exceptionally instructive and useful volume for the teaching of evocative contemporary Hebrew texts of both prose and poetry . . . Each of the essays is a gem of writing . . . Teachers and students of Hebrew literature alike are in Alan Mintz's debt for this outstanding compilation of texts, translations, and exegeses.” —Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies

Six classic texts of modern Hebrew literature viewed from a variety of critical perspectives.

Modern Hebrew Literature explores the many ways Israeli literature is read in the US. In it, eighteen pre-eminent Hebrew literature scholars in the US and Israel offer commentary—traditional, historicist, feminist, post-modern—on one of six seminal texts. The texts, printed here in both English and Hebrew, are either short stories or poems, and range from “old” classics by the best-known writers in Hebrew of the first decades of the 20th century, such as M.Y. Berdichevsky, S. Tchernichovsky, and S.Y. Agnon to an interwar poem by Uri Zvi Greenberg to the contemporary, modernist work of two women authors, Amalia Cahana-Karmon and Dalia Ravikovitch.

Alan Mintz’s general introduction explains the genesis and development of modern Hebrew literature, its reception in US universities, and the rationale for selecting this particular group of texts.

Contributors —
Robert Alter, University of California, Berkeley
Arnold J. Band, University of California, Los Angeles
Nancy Berg, Washington University, St. Louis
William Cutter, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles
Aminadav Dykman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lewis Glinert, Dartmouth College
Nili Gold, University of Pennsylvania
Anne Golomb Hoffman, Fordham University
Hannan Hever, Tel Aviv University
Avner Holtzman, Tel Aviv University
Chana Kronfeld, University of California, Berkeley
Dan Laor, Tel Aviv University
Barbara Mann, Princeton University
Alan Mintz, Jewish Theological Seminary
Gilead Morahg, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Hannah Naveh, Tel Aviv University
David Roskies, Jewish Theological Seminary
Naomi Sokoloff, University of Washington

Alan Mintz is Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His books include Translating Israel: Contemporary Hebrew Literature and Its Reception in America (2001) and The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction (UPNE, 1997) .

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