German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy (Jewish Literature and Culture) (Hardcover)

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German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife: A Tenuous Legacy (Jewish Literature and Culture) (Hardcover)

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In German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife, Vivian Liska innovatively focuses on the changing form, fate and function of messianism, law, exile, election, remembrance, and the transmission of tradition itself in three different temporal and intellectual frameworks: German-Jewish modernism, postmodernism, and the current period. Highlighting these elements of the Jewish tradition in the works of Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Paul Celan, Liska reflects on dialogues and conversations between them and on the reception of their work. She shows how this Jewish dimension of their writings is transformed, but remains significant in the theories of Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida and how it is appropriated, dismissed or denied by some of the most acclaimed thinkers at the turn of the twenty-first century such as Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Zizek, and Alain Badiou.

Vivian Liska is Professor of German Literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is author of When Kafka Says We: Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature (IUP).Liska's academic bio is available here: https: //www.uantwerpen.be/en/staff/vivian-liska/
Product Details ISBN: 9780253024688
ISBN-10: 0253024684
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: December 19th, 2016
Pages: 218
Language: English
Series: Jewish Literature and Culture