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Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture ed. by Paul Miller and Daniel Morris (review)

Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture ed. by Paul Miller and Daniel Morris (review) radical poeticS and Secular JewiSH culture edited BY paul miller aNd daNiel morris tHe uNiversitY of alaBama press, 2010 552 pp. $39.95 978-0-8173-5563-0 This book works like a Talmud in both senses of Mishnah and Gemara, where the Mishnah explicates and debates Jewish Oral Law and the Gemara takes on, with risk, related topics and Torah Law. Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture is a tractate in which the "rabbinic input" on definitions of Jewish law and culture comes from some of the most outspoken literary and scholarly voices of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Each writer included in this anthology becomes his or her own Rashi or Rambam in written forms ranging from poetry, experimental composition, memoir, literary criticism, cultural analysis, and an almost kabbalistic meditation, all of which circle like birds landing in the same tree on branches that grow off the words in the title. What does "radical poetics" mean? What is "secular Jewish culture?" The pages aren't sure. But they explore, and can be explored by the reader; during the experience of "learning" this book, one's mind flies inward. In other words, one must introspectively situate herself during the reading process and be willing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture ed. by Paul Miller and Daniel Morris (review)

Studies in American Jewish Literature , Volume 33 (2) – Aug 27, 2014

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radical poeticS and Secular JewiSH culture edited BY paul miller aNd daNiel morris tHe uNiversitY of alaBama press, 2010 552 pp. $39.95 978-0-8173-5563-0 This book works like a Talmud in both senses of Mishnah and Gemara, where the Mishnah explicates and debates Jewish Oral Law and the Gemara takes on, with risk, related topics and Torah Law. Radical Poetics and Secular Jewish Culture is a tractate in which the "rabbinic input" on definitions of Jewish law and culture comes from some of the most outspoken literary and scholarly voices of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Each writer included in this anthology becomes his or her own Rashi or Rambam in written forms ranging from poetry, experimental composition, memoir, literary criticism, cultural analysis, and an almost kabbalistic meditation, all of which circle like birds landing in the same tree on branches that grow off the words in the title. What does "radical poetics" mean? What is "secular Jewish culture?" The pages aren't sure. But they explore, and can be explored by the reader; during the experience of "learning" this book, one's mind flies inward. In other words, one must introspectively situate herself during the reading process and be willing

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Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Aug 27, 2014

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