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Ergebnisanzeige "(Re)turning to religious texts? Diaspora and modern Jewish literatures (ACLA Session)"
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Titel(Re)turning to religious texts? Diaspora and modern Jewish literatures (ACLA Session)
BeschreibungAnnual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association - "Global Languages, Local Cultures"
March 26-29, 2009
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

(Re)turning to religious texts? Diaspora and modern Jewish literatures

Seminar Organizer: Oliver Hiob, U of Connecticut, Sebastian Wogenstein, U of Connecticut

This panel asks how 20th-century Jewish literatures respond to experiences of crisis by (re)turning to religious sources. It focuses on various representations of and references to biblical and rabbinical texts. It investigates how cultural identification or demarcation and social marginalization are reflected in texts that illustrate diverse positions within diasporic settings. How can these works be situated in the historical context of the 20th-century? And, more importantly, how do they relate to the intersection of religion, mythology, and tradition?

We aim to engage in a discussion of diaspora that addresses specifically the possibility of text creating a topos and discusses the conditions under which precisely that experience of a topos that diaspora entails, in its complex reflexivity creates and reproduces text. As an experience that emerges from "partaking of the local, but [is] by definition never confined to it" (Boyarin & Boyarin), diaspora links symbolic relations with concrete situatedness and indicates the transversal tug of heteronomous and autonomous momentum. The conflation of literature, cultural practices and religious texts, and forms of subjectivity in the (con)texts of diaspora opens a broad variety of topics. We particularly welcome comparative papers
that contribute to the discussion of rabbinic law and literature.

We welcome papers that address:
- Representations of diasporic Judaism
- Law and literature
- Law, religion and morality
- Religion and mythology
- Jewish Identity / subjectivity
- Rabbinic Law
- Law and punishment

Contact Oliver Hiob ( or Sebastian Wogenstein ( for more information.

Please submit paper proposals by November 1, 2008 directly through the ACLA website at:

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortCambridge, MA
PersonName: Hiob, Oliver 
Funktion: Seminar organizer 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeKomparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Motiv- u. Stoffgeschichte
Klassifikation04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.06.00 Beziehungen einzelner Völker zur deutschen Literatur; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.11.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
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