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Modern Jewish Mythologies

by Abramson, Glenda

  • ISBN: 9780814328934
  • ISBN10: 0814328938

Modern Jewish Mythologies

by Abramson, Glenda

  • List Price: $39.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publish date: 01/01/2005
  • ISBN: 9780814328934
  • ISBN10: 0814328938
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Description: Modern Jewish Mythologies presents ten essays, each of which seeks to demonstrate the function and dynamic effect of myths in Jewish social, political, and psychological life. The essays are based on the Mason Lectures delivered at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the winter of 1995.

Glenda Abramson has gathered a series of essays that explore the complex relationship between myth and ritual in modern Jewish culture. The eleven contributors examine such topics as the ancient myth of the Golem, myth and the function of collective memory, South African Jewry and their moral views on Apartheid, the male superhero in Zionist cinema, and separating myth from reality in remembering the Holocaust.

Together, the essays in Modern Jewish Mythologies capture the meaning of myth in modern Jewish society. This book is ideal for folklorists and scholars of cultural and Jewish studies.

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