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Jews and the Ends of Theory



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Theory has often been coded as "Jewish"-not merely because Jewish intellectuals have been central participants, but also, this book argues, because certain problematics of modern Jewishness enrich theoretical questions across the humanities. In the range of violence and agency that can attend the appellation "Jew," Jewishness is revealed as a rhetorical and not just social fact, one tied to profound questions of power, subjectivity, identity, figuration, language, and relation that are also central to modern theory and modern politics. Understanding Jewishness in its fluidity, this book helps articulate theory's potential to mediate pessimistic and utopian impulses, experiences, and realities.

Author Biography

Shai Ginsburg (Edited By) Shai Ginsburg (co-editor) is an associate professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. His work focuses on Israel and its culture in its relation to Jewish nationalism and its variants. He is the author of Rhetoric and Nation: The Formation of Hebrew National Culture, 1880-1990 (Syracuse University Press, 2014). Martin Land (Edited By) Martin Land (co-editor and contributor) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Hadassah College and the Open University of Israel. With a background in electrical engineering, he teaches computer architecture and issues in computers and society. As a theoretical physicist specializing in foundations of relativity and the theory of time, he serves as president of the International Association for Relativistic Dynamics (IARD). Among his publications in critical theory is Time and Human Language Now, with Jonathan Boyarin (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2009). Jonathan Boyarin (Edited By) Jonathan Boyarin (co-editor) is the Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell University, where he directs the Jewish Studies Program. He was previously Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Robert M. Beren Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the University of Kansas. His most recent monograph is Jewish Families (Rutgers University Press, 2013).
Release date NZ
December 4th, 2018
Contributions by Yehouda Shenhav
Country of Publication
United States
Fordham University Press
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