Cover image for American Hebraist: Essays on Agnon and Modern Jewish Literature By Alan Mintz, Edited by Beverly Bailis, and David Stern

American Hebraist

Essays on Agnon and Modern Jewish Literature

Alan Mintz, and Edited by Beverly Bailis and David Stern

COMING IN SEPTEMBER

$125.00 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-09238-6
Coming in September

284 pages
6" × 9"
5 b&w illustrations
2022

Dimyonot: Jews and the Cultural Imagination

American Hebraist

Essays on Agnon and Modern Jewish Literature

Alan Mintz, and Edited by Beverly Bailis and David Stern

Alan Mintz (1947–2017) was a singular figure in the American Jewish literary landscape. In addition to publishing six authoritative books and numerous journal articles on modern and contemporary Jewish culture, Mintz contributed countless reviews and essays to literary journals, including the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and the Jewish Review of Books. Scattered in miscellaneous volumes and publications, these writings reveal aspects of Mintz’s scholarly personality that are not evident in his monographs.

 

  • Description
  • Bio
  • Subjects
Alan Mintz (1947–2017) was a singular figure in the American Jewish literary landscape. In addition to publishing six authoritative books and numerous journal articles on modern and contemporary Jewish culture, Mintz contributed countless reviews and essays to literary journals, including the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, and the Jewish Review of Books. Scattered in miscellaneous volumes and publications, these writings reveal aspects of Mintz’s scholarly personality that are not evident in his monographs.

American Hebraist collects fifteen of Mintz’s most insightful articles and essays. The topics range from the life and work of Nobel Prize winner S. Y. Agnon—including a chapter from Mintz’s unfinished literary biography of that author—to Jewish and Israeli literature, the Holocaust, and a rare autobiographical essay. The chapters are introduced and contextualized by Mintz’s longtime colleague and friend David Stern, who opens the book by tracing the arc of Mintz’s intellectual career; the volume concludes with a personal essay and remembrance written by Beverly Bailis, the last student to complete a doctorate under Mintz’s direction.

Brimming with erudition and intriguing biographical notes, American Hebraist provides new insights into the life and work of one of the twentieth century’s most important scholars of modern Hebrew literature. Students and scholars alike will benefit from this essential companion to Mintz’s scholarship.

Beverly Bailis is Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Director of Academic Planning and Assessment at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

David Stern is Harry Starr Professor of Classical and Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.