A Menorah for Athena Charles Reznikoff and the Jewish Dilemmas of Objectivist Poetry
- List Price: $87.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226261386
- ISBN10: 0226261387
Stephen Fredman illuminates the relationship of Jewish intellectuals to modernity through a close look at Reznikoff's life and writing. He shows that when we regard the Objectivists as modern Jewish poets, we can see more clearly their distinctiveness as modernists and the reasons for their profound impact upon later poets, such as Allen Ginsberg. Fredman also argues that to understand Reznikoff's work more completely, we must see it in the context of early, nonsectarian attempts to make the study of Jewish culture a force in the construction of a more pluralistic society. According to Fredman, then, the indelible images in Reznikoff's poetry open a window onto the vexed but ultimately successful entry of Jewish immigrants and their children into the mainstream of American intellectual life.