"Banished from Their Father's Table": Loss of Faith and Hebrew Autobiography

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Indiana University Press, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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In this work of literary history and criticism, Alan Mintz details the development of a new mode in Hebrew prose narrative—the autobiography. Against the historical background of the Haskalah (Enlightenment), Mintz explores the work of three key writers: M. Z. Feierberg, M. Y. Berdichevsky, and Y. H. Brenner. At the turn of the century, these Hebrew writers found in autobiography a way of telling the truth about the realities of the self, its inner life, and its fate in a world void of God. Through careful examination of the Hebrew autobiographical tradition, Mintz provides not only new understanding of a literary genre but also access to a unique perspective on modern Jewish history.

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Part One origins and antecedents
Mordecai Zeev Feierberg and the Reveries
Berdichevsky and Erotic Shame

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About the author (1989)

Mintz is professor of Hebrew literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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