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Jewish Studies as Counterlife: A Report to the Academy (Paperback)

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This book tells the story of a Jewish Studies that hasn't fully happened--at least not yet. Newton asks what we mean when we say "Jewish Studies"--and when we imagine it not as mere amalgam but as a project. Jewish Studies offers a unique perspective from which to view the horizon of the academic humanities because, although it arrived belatedly, it has spanned a range of disciplinary locations and configurations, from an "origin story" in nineteenth-century historicism and philology, to the emancipatory politics of the Enlightenment, to the ethnicity-driven pluralism of the postwar decades, to more recent configurations within an interdisciplinary cultural studies. The conflicted allegiances with respect to traditions, disciplines, divisions, stakes, and stakeholders represent the structural and historical situation of the field, as it comes into contact with the humanities more broadly.

At once a literary and philosophical thinker, Newton deploys a tableau of texts in concert with an ensemble of vivid, elastic tropes not only to theorize Jewish Studies but also to reimagine it as an agent of that potency Jacques Derrida calls "leverage"--a force multiplier for the field's multiple possibilities. In refiguring a Jewish Studies to come, the book intervenes in a broader discourse about the challenge of professing disciplinary knowledges while promoting transit across their boundaries. Jewish Studies as Counterlife further amplifies Newton's career-long articulation of the dialogic as the staging ground of ethical encounter.

About the Author

Adam Zachary Newton is University Professor Emeritus at Yeshiva University. Among his books are Narrative Ethics, The Elsewhere, and To Make the Hands Impure (Fordham).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780823283941
ISBN-10: 0823283941
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English