Autobiographical Jews

Far less known, however, is a remarkable Hebrew autobiography written by an Alsatian Jew, Asher ben Eliezer Ha-levi, whose life was almost contemporaneous with Modena's and was eerily connected through family ties with Glikl.

Author: Michael Stanislawski

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295803797

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Autobiographical Jews examines the nature of autobiographical writing by Jews from antiquity to the present, and the ways in which such writings can legitimately be used as sources for Jewish history. Drawing on current literary theory, which questions the very nature of autobiographical writing and its relationship to what we normally designate as the truth, and, to a lesser extent, the new cognitive neurosciences, Michael Stanislawski analyzes a number of crucial and complex autobiographical texts written by Jews through the ages. Stanislawski considers The Life by first-century historian Josephus; compares the early modern autobiographies of Asher of Reichshofen (Book of Memories) and Glikl of Hameln (Memoirs); analyzes the radically different autobiographies of two Russian Jewish writers, the Hebrew Enlightenment author Moshe Leib Lilienblum and the famous Russian poet Osip Mandelstam; and looks at two autobiographies written out of utter despair in the midst and in the wake of World War II, Stefan Zweig�s The World of Yesterday and Sarah Kofman�s Rue Ordener, Rue Labat. These writers� attempts to portray their private and public struggles, anxieties, successes, and failures are expressions of a basic drive for selfhood which is both timeless and time-bound, universal and culturally specific. The challenge is to attempt to unravel the conscious from the unconscious distortions in these texts and to regard them as artifacts of individuals� quests to make sense of their lives, first and foremost for themselves and then, if possible, for their readers.
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Jewish Mystical Autobiographies

autobiographical in that they lacked the " retrospective point of view " that is central to autobiographies . There is only one work written by a Jewish mystic of the sixteenth century that meets the hallmark of autobiographical writing ...

Author: Morris M. Faierstein

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809105047

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 358

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Here are first-time English translations of the autobiographical works of two important and influential Jewish mystics. In The Book of Visions Rabbi Hayyim Vital (1542-1620), foremost disciple of R. Isaac Luria, describes his mystical experiences in great detail. In The Book of Secrets, Rabbi Yizhak Isaac Safrin of Komarno (1806-1874) recounts incidents in his life and visionary experiences.
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Against Autobiography

Anti-Semite and Jew. Translated by George G. Becker. New York: Schocken Books, 1948. ... Autobiographical Jews: Essays in Jewish Self-Fashioning. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004. Strike, Joëlle Tessier.

Author: Lia Nicole Brozgal

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496208989

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The work of Tunisian Jewish intellectual Albert Memmi, like that of many francophone Maghrebian writers, is often read as thinly veiled autobiography. Questioning the prevailing body of criticism, which continues this interpretation of most fiction produced by francophone North African writers, Lia Nicole Brozgal shows how such interpretations of Memmi’s texts obscure their not inconsiderable theoretical possibilities. Calling attention to the ambiguous status of autobiographical discursive and textual elements in Memmi’s work, Brozgal shifts the focus from the author to theoretical questions. Against Autobiography places Memmi’s writing and thought in dialogue with several major critical shifts in the late twentieth-century literary and cultural landscape. These shifts include the crisis of the authorial subject; the interrogation of the form of the novel; the resistance to the hegemony of vision; and the critique of colonialism. Showing how Memmi’s novels and essays produce theories that resonate both within and beyond their original contexts, Brozgal argues for allowing works of francophone Maghrebi literature to be read as complex literary objects, that is, not simply as ethnographic curios but as generating elements of literary theory on their own terms.
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Political Autobiographies and Memoirs in Antiquity

... work of reference: “Apart from the Book of Nehemiah, which may well be considered an autobiography, Josephus' apologetic Vita, and hagiographic works, autobiographies and biographies are totally unknown among Jews in ancient times .

Author: Gabriele Marasco

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004214651

Category: History

Page: 476

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Through the examination of political autobiographies and memoirs, some preserved in their entirety, others known only from fragments, this book offers a fascinating picture of the way characters who stand out in history saw and represented themselves and their own political actions.
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Jews Christians and Muslims in the Mediterranean World After 1492

Autobiographical Elements in the Writings of Kabbalists from the Generation of the Expulsion MICHAL ORON In his book Zakhor : Jewish History and Jewish Memory , ' Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi notes that the revival of Jewish historical ...

Author: Alisa Meyuhas Ginio

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0714680508

Category: History

Page: 293

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The expulsion of the Jews, and later the Muslims from the Iberian Peninsula marked the beginning of a new era in the life of the Mediterranean world. The articles in this volume discuss the aftermath of the crucial historical events that took place in the Mediterranean world in 1492, focusing on the social, economic and cultural consequences of these occurrences.
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Life in a Jewish Family An Autobiography 1891 1916 The Collected Works of Edith Stein vol 1

German literature and the history of that literature itself provide insights essential for an understanding of the subtleties of situations and relationships facing Jews in Germany in the tumultuous times beginning with the ...

Author: Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)

Publisher: ICS Publications

ISBN: 9781939272461

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 548

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This initial volume of the Collected Works of Edith Stein offers, for the first time in English, the unabridged biography of Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), depicting her life as a child and young adult. Her text ends abruptly because the Nazi SS arrested, then deported, her to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. The ebook version contains a fully linked Index, Map and List of Places. Edith Stein is one of the most significant German-Jewish women of the 20th century. At the age of twenty-five she became the first assistant to Edmund Husserl, the founder of Phenomenology. She was much in demand as a writer and lecturer after her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Later, as a Discalced Carmelite nun, she maintained her intellectual pursuits until she, like so many others, became a victim of the Nazi persecution that raged across Eastern Europe. By making this landmark work available in English, the Institute of Carmelite Studies provides an eye-witness account of persons and activities on the scene at the time when psychology and philosophy became separate disciplines. In addition to photographs and a map, this volume is enhanced with a preface, the foreword and afterword, notes, and a list of places associated with Edith Stein’s life. It is our aim that these, together with Edith Stein’s text, may help bring into relief the many background details of the rich autobiographical work she has left us. **Chosen "Best Spirituality Book of 1986" by the Catholic Press Association**
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The Autobiography of a Seventeenth Century Venetian Rabbi

known examples do not indicate that the author considered such composition unusual for a Jew to undertake, nor do they resort to ... The setting for the Jewish autobiographies may be somewhat different from the Christian ones, however.

Author: Leone Modena

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691213934

Category: History


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Leon (Judah Aryeh) Modena was a major intellectual figure of the early modern Italian Jewish community--a complex and intriguing personality who was famous among contemporary European Christians as well as Jews. Modena (1571-1648) produced an autobiography that documents in poignant detail the turbulent life of his family in the Jewish ghetto of Venice. The text of this work is well known to Jewish scholars but has never before been translated from the original Hebrew, except in brief excerpts. This complete translation, based on Modena's autograph manuscript, makes available in English a wealth of historical material about Jewish family life of the period, religion in daily life, the plague of 1630-1631, crime and punishment, the influence of kabbalistic mysticism, and a host of other subjects. The translator, Mark R. Cohen, and four other distinguished scholars add commentary that places the work in historical and literary context. Modena describes his fascination with the astrology and alchemy that were important parts of the Jewish and general culture of the seventeenth century. He also portrays his struggle against poverty and against compulsive gambling, which, cleverly punning on a biblical verse, he called the "sin of Judah." In addition, the book contains accounts of Modena's sorrow over his three sons: the death of the eldest from the poisonous fumes of his own alchemical laboratory, the brutal murder of the youngest, and the exile of the remaining son. The introductory essay by Mark R. Cohen and Theodore K. Rabb highlights the significance of the work for early modern Jewish and general European history. Howard E. Adelman presents an up-to-date biographical sketch of the author and points the way toward a new assessment of his place in Jewish history. Natalie Z. Davis places Modena's work in the context of European autobiography, both Christian and Jewish, and especially explores the implications of the Jewish status as outsider for the privileged exploration of the self. A set of historical notes, compiled by Howard Adelman and Benjamin C. I. Ravid, elucidates the text.
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Multicultural Autobiography

Like other minority writers , many Jewish authors have turned to autobiography in an effort to understand and define the ethnic experience in America as well as their own subjective identities as American Jews .

Author: James Robert Payne

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 0870497405

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 338

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Autobiographical fiction , Serbian ( May Subd Geog ) UF Serbian autobiographical fiction BT Serbian fiction Autobiographical fiction ... Autobiography of Jews Jewish autobiography Religious aspects Baptists , Catholic Church , etc.

Author: Library of Congress


ISBN: OSU:32435078789948

Category: Subject headings, Library of Congress


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The Autobiography of Citizenship

... capitalist success, German Jewish educators werepursuing a similar agendafor their eastern European coreligionists inNew YorkCity. ... novelistic, and autobiographical texts in which eastern European Jews dramatize problems with the ...

Author: Tova Cooper

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813572826

Category: History

Page: 280

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At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was faced with a new and radically mixed population, one that included freed African Americans, former reservation Indians, and a burgeoning immigrant population. In The Autobiography of Citizenship, Tova Cooper looks at how educators tried to impose unity on this divergent population, and how the new citizens in turn often resisted these efforts, reshaping mainstream U.S. culture and embracing their own view of what it means to be an American. The Autobiography of Citizenship traces how citizenship education programs began popping up all over the country, influenced by the progressive approach to hands-on learning popularized by John Dewey and his followers. Cooper offers an insightful account of these programs, enlivened with compelling readings of archival materials such as photos of students in the process of learning; autobiographical writing by both teachers and new citizens; and memoirs, photos, poems, and novels by authors such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Jane Addams, Charles Reznikoff, and Emma Goldman. Indeed, Cooper provides the first comparative, inside look at these citizenship programs, revealing that they varied wildly: at one end, assimilationist boarding schools required American Indian children to transform their dress, language, and beliefs, while at the other end the libertarian Modern School encouraged immigrant children to frolic naked in the countryside and learn about the world by walking, hiking, and following their whims. Here then is an engaging portrait of what it was like to be, and become, a U.S. citizen one hundred years ago, showing that what it means to be “American” is never static.
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