Journals Higher Education

$115.00

Hardcover

02 May 1991

304 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195058963


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Job the Silent

A Study in Historical Counterpoint

Bruce Zuckerman

In this strikingly original study, Zuckerman compares The Book of Job and its fate to that of the famous Yiddish short story, "Bontsye Shvayg," a covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. He illustrates how a literary text becomes separated from the intention of its author, and takes on a different meaning for a specific community of readers. Zuckerman compares The Book of Job and its fate to that of the famous Yiddish short story, "Bontsye Shvayg," a covert parody whose protagonist has come to be revered as a paradigm of innocent Jewish suffering. He illustrates how a literary text becomes separated from the intention of its author, and takes on a different meaning for a specific community of readers.

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