Defenses of the Imagination: Jewish Writers and Modern Historical Crisis

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Robert Alter


Defenses of the Imagination
Jewish Writers and Modern Historical Crisis

The Jewish Publication Society of America Philadelphia 5738/ 1977

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Table of contents

  • Books by Robert Alter iii
  • Title Page v
  • Contents xi
  • Preface xiii
  • 1- The Modern Context 1
  • 2 Portraits 23
  • Walter Benjamin: The Aura of the Past 47
  • Gershom Scholem: History and the Abyss 67
  • Lea Goldberg: Poetry in Dark Times 91
  • Uri Zvi Greenberg: A Poet of the Holocaust 103
  • Charles Reznikoff: Between Present and Past 119
  • Eliot, Lawrence, and the Jews: Two Versions of Europe 137
  • 3- Fiction And Historical Crisis 153
  • A Novel of The Post-Tragic World 169
  • Agnon's Mediterranean Fable 187
  • Shtetl and Revolution 199
  • Fiction in a State of Siege 213
  • Updike, Malamud, And the Fire This Time 233
  • A Problem of Horizons 249
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