Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies, Volume 5
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15th February 2021

222 Pages

22.86 x 15.24 cm

Series: Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies

Imprint: Camden House

Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies, Volume 5

Moments of Enlightenment: In Memory of Jonathan M. Hess

Edited by Ruth von Bernuth and Eric Downing

Series edited by William Collins Donahue and Martha B. Helfer

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Special volume treating exemplars of the vast number of texts arising from historic and imaginary encounters between Jews and non-Jewish Germans, from the early modern period to the present.
Nexus is the official publication of the biennial German Jewish Studies Workshop, which was inaugurated at Duke University in 2009 and is now held at the University of Notre Dame. Together, Nexus and the Workshop constitute the first ongoing forum in North America for German Jewish studies. Nexus publishes innovative research in German Jewish Studies, introducing new directions, analyzing the development and definition of the field, and considering its place vis-à-vis both German Studies and Jewish Studies. Additionally, it examines issues of pedagogy and programming at the undergraduate, graduate, and community levels.

Nexus 5 features essays written in honor of the memory of Jonathan M. Hess, a leading scholar in German Jewish Studies who, through both his person and publications, opened up the field for many others to explore new areas of research and inquiry. It offers exemplary instances of historic and imaginary encounters based on interactions of Jews and "other Germans" from the early modern period to the present day. It also discusses adaptations and translations of Yiddish and German texts, presenting insights into connections between literary texts and their Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike. By exploring multimodal cultural works ranging from performance to poems and illustrated fairy tales, and literature in German, Yiddish, and other languages, Nexus 5 works to expand the field of German Jewish studies in the spirit of Jonathan Hess himself.

Contributors: Ruth von Bernuth, Eric Downing, Lea Greenberg, Jeffrey A. Grossman, Martha B. Helfer, Klaus Hödl, Laura Lieber, Leslie Morris, Sven Erik Rose, Karin L. Schutjer, Joshua Shelly, Emma Woelk.

William Collins Donahue (University of Notre Dame) and Martha B. Helfer (Rutgers University) are the editors of Nexus. Volume 5 is guest edited by Eric Downing and Ruth von Bernuth (both University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), with a foreword by Laura Lieber, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University.
Introduction: Moments of Enlightenment for Jews and Other Germans - Ruth von Bernuth and Eric Downing
Remembering Jonathan - Laura Lieber
Jonathan M. Hess: Curriculum Vitae
Maurice Sendak's Dear Mili: A Contrapuntal Elegy - Martha B. Helfer
Pluralism and the Modernized Jesus in Mendelssohn, Schiller, and Schleiermacher - Karin L. Schutjer
The Papal Game: Telling a Jewish Story from the Mayse bukh; Ayzik Meyer Dik and Marcus Lehmann - Ruth von Bernuth
The Papal Game: Telling a Jewish Story from the Mayse bukh; Ayzik Meyer Dik and Marcus Lehmann - Lea Greenberg
The Papal Game: Telling a Jewish Story from the Mayse bukh; Ayzik Meyer Dik and Marcus Lehmann - Joshua Shelly
The Fuzziness of Jewish and Non-Jewish Boundaries in Viennese Popular Culture around 1900 - Klaus Hödl
Freeing the Shtetl from the Ghetto-Prism: Sholem Asch and Dovid Bergelson in German Translation - Jeffrey A. Grossman
A Poetics of Genocide: The Jewish Dead Confront the Germans in Katzenelson's Warsaw Ghetto Poem "Vey dir" - Sven Erik Rose
Appendix: "Vey dir" - Itzhak Katzenelson
The New Ostjude and the Enlightened Ostdeutschen: Jewish Theater in the German Democratic Republic - Emma Woelk
German Jewish lengevitch: A Plurilingual Poetics of Meddling - Leslie Morris

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Title Details

15th February 2021

222 Pages

2.286 x 1.524 cm

Series: Nexus: Essays in German Jewish Studies

Imprint: Camden House