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Jewish Writing and the Deep Places of the Imagination
Edited by Jean K. Carney and Mark Shechner
Deeply personal dialogues with Jewish American writers, from Mark Krupnick in his final work
When he learned he had ALS and roughly two years to live, literary critic Mark Krupnick returned to the writers who had been his lifelong conversation partners and asked with renewed intensity: how do you live as a Jew, when, mostly, you live in your head? The evocative and sinuous essays collected here are the products of this inquiry. In his search for durable principles, Krupnick follows Lionel Trilling, Cynthia Ozick, Geoffrey Hartman, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and others into the elemental matters of life and death, sex and gender, power and vulnerability.
The editorsKrupnick's wife, Jean K. Carney, and literary critic Mark Shechnerhave also included earlier essays and introductions that link Krupnick's work with the "deep places" of his own imagination.
"Mark Krupnick's great gift as a critic was his knack for cutting through the elaborate disguises writers throw up and seeing those writers as struggling human beings like the rest of us. This gift is beautifully on display in Mark's wonderful and amazing final book."Gerald Graff, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mark Krupnick (19392003) was professor in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, editor of Displacement: Derrida and After, and author of Lionel Trilling and the Fate of Cultural Criticism and more than two hundred essays and reviews.
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LC: 2005008262 PS
344 pp. 6 x 9
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