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Author Lewis, Yitzhak, 1981- author.

Title A permanent beginning : R. Nachman of Braslav and Jewish literary modernity / Yitzhak Lewis
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2020]
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Summary "The Hasidic leader R. Nachman of Braslav (1772-1810) has held a place in the Jewish popular imagination for over two centuries. Some see him as the (self-proclaimed) Messiah, others as the forerunner of modern Jewish literature. Existing studies struggle between these dueling readings, largely ignoring questions of aesthetics and politics in his work. A Permanent Beginning lays out a new paradigm for understanding R. Nachman's thought and writing, and with them, the beginnings Jewish literary modernity. Yitzhak Lewis examines the connections between imperial modernization processes in Eastern Europe at the turn of the eighteenth century and the emergence of "modern literature" in the storytelling of R. Nachman. Reading his tales and teachings alongside the social, legal, and intellectual history of the time, the book's guiding question is literary: How does R. Nachman represent this changing environment in his writing? Lewis paints a nuanced and fascinating portrait of a literary thinker and creative genius at the very moment his world was evolving unrecognizably. He argues compellingly that R. Nachman's narrative response to his changing world was a major point of departure for Jewish literary modernity."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Naḥman, of Bratslav, 1772-1811
Naḥman, of Bratslav, 1772-1811
Naḥman, of Bratslav, 1772-1811.
Hasidim -- Ukraine -- Biography.
Jewish literature -- History and criticism.
Jews -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 18th century
Jews -- Europe, Eastern -- History -- 19th century
Judaism and literature.
Rabbis -- Ukraine -- Biography.
Jewish literature.
Judaism and literature.
Ukraine -- Biography.
Eastern Europe.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1438477686