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Author Katsman, Roman

Title Literature, History, Choice : the Principle of Alternative History in Literature (S.Y. Agnon, The City with All That is Therein)
Published Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013


Description 1 online resource (343 pages)
Contents PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER ONE; Mythological Roots of Historical AlternativenessThinking; Motivation of Historical-Alternative Writing; Alternative History on the Map of Modern FantasyLiterature; Alternative History as Rhetoric Act; Mistakes and Missed Opportunities; CHAPTER TWO; Is Alternative History Based on Historical Relativism?; Is Alternative History a Model?; Is Alternative History Normalization of HistoricalMemory?; Is Alternative History Based on a Binary Modelof Extrapolation-Analogy?; CHAPTER THREE; Time, Narrative, and Reading
"Alternative Reading" as MethodologyLevels of Historical Alternativeness: Myth, Personality, Choice, and Mode of Choice; CHAPTER FOUR; Possibilistic Theory of Myth and Mythopoesis; Ethical and Chaotic Models of Mythopoesis; Counterfactual History and Determinism; Time and the Other. Retrospection and Anticipation; Difference and Repetition. Origination of Timeand Origination of Alternativeness; CHAPTER FIVE; Rhetoric; From Rhetoric as Untranslatability to Rhetoricas Alternativeness; Rhetoric and Incompleteness of MythopoeticRealization; Miracle as Alternativeness and Alternativenessas Miracle
CHAPTER SIXPersonality, Identity, and Character; Alternativeness vs. Substitutivity; Alternativeness vs. Psychological Syndromesof Dissociation; The problem of Personality's Uniquenessand Multiplicity; Identity and Re-identification; CHAPTER SEVEN; From Semiotic Square to a Dynamic Square of Choice; Algorithm of Choice. How to Choose?; From Historical to Historiographical Alternativeness; Theoretical Conclusionsand an Introduction to the Discussion of Agnon's Work; CHAPTER EIGHT; The City with All That Is Therein as Alternative History. Holocaust and Miracle
Book Two. "The First Rabbis of Our City"Fish and Salt: "In Search of a Rabbi, or The Spirit of the Ruler"; The Hollow of a Sling: "The Parable and the Moral"; CONCLUSIONS; WORKS CITED; INDEX OF NAMES
Summary Starting with a discussion on the elements of the genre of alternative (counterfactual) history and on its place between the poles of historical determinism and relativism, this book develops a literary theory of the historical alternativeness principle and applies it to the reading of The City with All That is Therein (Ir u-mloa) - one of the most important and less-studied books of the greatest Israeli writer, Nobel Prize winner S.Y. Agnon (1887-1970). The investigation reveals that this pr ..
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Agnon, Shmuel Yosef, 1887-1970. ʻIr u-meloʼah
History in literature.
Literary theory.
C 1900.
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers.
History in literature
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781443853842