Language, Absence, Play: Judaism and Superstructuralism in the Poetics of S. Y. Agnon

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-31
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
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In Language, Absence, Play, Yaniv Hagbi explores Agnon┐s theological and philosophical attitudes toward language, attitudes that to a large extent shaped his poetics and aesthetic values. Drawing on anthologies compiled by Agnon, among others, Hagbi examines his theoretical orientation and the ways he integrated into his poetics ideas about language that are rooted in Jewish theology. In doing so, Hagbi casts light on profound parallels between religiously inspired Jewish hermeneutics and the language-centered superstructuralist theories that have dominated academic discourse in the humanities since the mid-twentieth century. With deep insight and lucid prose, Language, Absence, Play demonstrates how the traditional and the contemporary forces shaping Agnon┐s literary art inform and transform each other.

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