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Jewish feeling : difference and affect in nineteenth-century Jewish women's writing

Author: Richa Dwor
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 2015. ©2015
Series: New directions in religion and literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jewish Feeling brings together affect theory and Jewish Studies to trace Jewish difference in literary works by nineteenth-century Anglo-Jewish authors. Dwor argues that midrash, a classical rabbinic interpretive form, is a site of Jewish feeling and that literary works underpinned by midrashic concepts engage affect in a distinctly Jewish way. The book thus emphasises the theological function of literature and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Grace Aguilar; Amy Levy; George Eliot; George Eliot; Grace Aguilar; George Eliot; Amy Levy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richa Dwor
ISBN: 9781472589798 1472589793
OCLC Number: 917367169
Description: viii, 197 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. 'The still undercurrent of deep feeling' : history and nation for Grace Aguilar. 'More than usually moved' : representing women's reading --
'The full gushing tide of rapture' : theorizing women's reading --
'The Bible, and that nation whose earliest history it so vividly records' : Jewish histories for England's Jews --
2. 'Finer and finer discrimination' : George Eliot's feeling for the Jews. 'Various combinations of common likeness' : fellow feeling and the ethics of form --
'Absorbing enthusiasm' : education and identity --
'A people with oriental sunlight in their blood ' : Jewish nationalism --
3. 'A fragment of the eternal truth' : futurity and race for Amy Levy. 'That elaborate misconception' : debating Deronda with George Eliot and Henry James --
'Startling with excess of truth' : futurity and poetic unfitness --
' A strange yearning affection' : the racial romance of Amy Levy's Reuben Sachs --
Conclusion: Ester and Judith in London : Jewish feeling as a new category of affect.
Series Title: New directions in religion and literature.
Other Titles: Difference and affect in 19th-century Jewish women's writing
Responsibility: Richa Dwor.
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"Jewish Feeling brings together affect theory and Jewish Studies to trace Jewish difference in literary works by nineteenth-century Anglo-Jewish authors. Dwor argues that midrash, a classical rabbinic interpretive form, is a site of Jewish feeling and that literary works underpinned by midrashic concepts engage affect in a distinctly Jewish way. The book thus emphasises the theological function of literature and also the new opportunities afforded by nineteenth-century literary forms for Jewish women's theological expression. For authors such as Grace Aguilar (1816-1847) and Amy Levy (1861-1889), feeling is a complex and overlapping category that facilitates the transmission of Jewish ways of thinking into English literary forms. Dwor reads them alongside George Eliot, herself deeply engaged with issues of contemporary Jewish identity. This sheds new light on Eliot by positioning her works in a nexus of Jewish forms and concerns. Ultimately, and despite considerable differences in style and outlook, Aguilar and Levy are shown to deploy Jewish feeling in their ethics of futurity, resistance to conversion and closure, and in their foregrounding of a model of reading with feeling"--Back cover.

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