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Reconstructing Jewish Identity in Pre- and Post-Holocaust Literature and Culture

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Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich and Malgorzata Pakier

The volume aims to illuminate the issue of Jewish identity in the context of its pre-Holocaust European origins and post-Holocaust American and Israeli settings. Jewish experience and identity construction in Europe, America and Israel are presented through diverse perspectives: Merchant of Venice in the light of Levinas’ ethics, Italian Jews in the 20th century, German-speaking Jewish authors in the Nazi 1930s, the Hassidic culture of learning, the representation of contemporary Poland in Jewish photography, Jewish life in America in a kashrut observing Orthodox neighbourhood, Kaballah in feminist cyberpunk fiction by Marge Piercy, constructing Jewish identity in British fiction in novels by Will Self and Muriel Spark, and Israeli films focusing on ethical solutions to political problems.

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Introduction ........................................................................................................ 9 Małgorzata Grzegorzewska Levinas Reads Shakespeare .............................................................................. 15 Piotr Podemski The Fascist Burden. The Italian Jews in the 20th Century: Identities, Debates, Interpretations ................................................................... 25 Na’ama Sheffi Drama as a Political Code: Professor Mannheim at the Habima Theater, 1934 ...... 43 Hanna Komorowska 18th c. Hasidic Thought and Contemporary Approaches to Language and Education................................................................................................... 65 Joanna Auron-Górska Empty Spaces. Representations of Poland and the Poles in Professional Jewish Photography from Western Europe and the USA .................................. 85 Jody Myers Purity, Charity, Community: The Power of Kashrut in an Orthodox Jewish Neighborhood ....................................................................................... 97 Justyna Sierakowska Golem, Cyborg, Other: Jewish Feminism in Response to Ecological Degradation in a Cyberpunk Novel of Marge Piercy He, She and It .............. 111 Zofia Janowska Jewish Self-Hate: The Phenomenon of Lily Bloom in Will Self’s How The Dead Live .................................................................. 133 Małgorzata Czajka The Topography of the Self in Muriel Spark’s The Mandelbaum Gate .......... 145 Liat Steir-Livny The Holocaust and the Israeli-Arab Conflict in Israeli Culture 1950’s – 1970’s .............................................................................................. 155 Nurith Gertz Recent Israeli Films: A New Option for a Different Israeli History ................ 167

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