Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 310 pages
One of the most radically innovative of Hasidic masters, Reb Nahman of Bratslav transformed images and concepts basic to Jewish thought into new and compelling forms. Tradition and Fantasy in the Tales of Reb Nahman of Bratslav uses comparative literary criticism, a range of Hasidic commentary, and original exegesis of the source texts to bring the complex artistry of Reb Nahman's thought to light making it accessible to a wider audience.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Poets Self and the Poem
9
1 THE FIGURE OF THE ZADDIK
11
LINKING PAST TO FUTURE
23
3 THE APPROACHING REDEMPTION
26
4 AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ASPECTS
33
Telling Tales or The Physics and Metaphysics of Fiction
41
2 ADOPTION OF NARRATIVE ELEMENTS FROM OTHER GENRES
50
Mythopoetic Archetypes
133
Nostalgia and Expectation
142
A Definition of the Fantastic as a Literary Genre
148
TRANSMUTATIONS OF REALITY WITHIN THE TALE
150
The Dream Paradigm
151
The Tale Entitled The Kings Evil Decree
156
The Dream of the Circle in Hayyei Moharan
161
The Tale Entitled The Lost Princess and the Song of Songs
163

Rabbinic Literature
55
3 THE TORAH AS TEXT AND ARCHETYPE
56
4 MULTIFARIOUS TEXTS AND THEIR SYMBOLIC VALUE
66
The Romantic Drama
75
A GENERAL DEFINITION
76
2 THE ROMANTIC QUEST
80
3 THE INDWELLING LIFE OF NATURE
84
The Garden
86
Music
90
4 IN GODS IMAGE HE CREATED HER
103
Metaphors of Motherhood
105
From Mourning to Joy
109
The Dimension of the Fantastic
115
1 A CHARACTERIZATION OF THE FANTASTIC WORLD
122
The Mythical World and its Evolution
125
The Tale Entitled Fly and Spider
166
3 BLURRING OF BOUNDARIES SHIFTING IDENTITIES
169
The Kushiya
174
4 METAMORPHOSIS OF IMAGERY
183
Symbol
187
Metaphor
201
Allegory
205
The Tale of Heart and Spring
209
5 THE EFFECT OF THE DIMENSION OF THE FANTASTIC ON THE LISTENERREADER
219
NOTES
225
BIBLIOGRAPHY
287
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
295
INDEX OF SOURCES
305
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Ora Wiskind-Elper teaches at Michlalah Jerusalem College and at Matan-Women's Institute for Torah Studies.

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