Fragments of Redemption

Fragments of Redemption

Jewish Thought and Literary Theory in Benjamin, Scholem, and Levinas
Susan A. Handelman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1991
ISBN: 978-0-253-11337-5
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A learned and subtle volume." —Choice

Handelman's comprehensive and penetrating treatment combines an interest in literary theory and modern Jewish philosophy." —Moment

Fragments of Redemption can serve as an illuminating guide to the course of modern Continental thought, as well as of the Jewish contributions to it... This very rich book demands reading and re-reading. It will do much to further understanding of the work of all three authors, and in particular to enhance the status of Levinas." —Times Literary Supplement

Examining the messianic ideologies of Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, and Emmanuel Levinas—three of the most vital Jewish thinkers of our time— Handelman makes clear the considerable influence of traditional Jewish thought on modern and postmodern literary theory.

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““A learned and subtle volume.” —Choice “Handelman's comprehensive and penetrating treatment combines an interest in literary theory and modern Jewish philosophy.” —Moment “Fragments of Redemption can serve as an illuminating guide to the course of modern Continental thought, as well as of the Jewish contributions to it . . . This very rich book demands reading and re-reading. It will do much to further understanding of the work of all three authors, and in particular to enhance the status of Levinas.” —Times Literary Supplement Examining the messianic ideologies of Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, and Emmanuel Levinas—three of the most vital Jewish thinkers of our time— Handelman makes clear the considerable influence of traditional Jewish thought on modern and postmodern literary theory.”

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Documentation and Style
List of Abbreviations
Preface

Part One: Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin

Introduction
The Story of a Friendship: Germans and Jews
The Catastrophes of Progess

1. Language and Redemption
Language Critique
The Philosophical Quest for Language as Knowledge
"The Task of the Translator"
The "Pure Language"
Hermetic and Orphic Language
"Plenty of Hope, but Not for Us"
Scholem and Messianic Delay
Kafka
Halakah and Aggadah: Anarchic Suspension and Historical Concretion

2. Suspended over the Abyss
"On Language as Such"
Interpreting Genesis
Hidden Ideologies in Debates over Theories of Language
Language, Materialism, and the Mimetic Faculty
The Meaningless Word and the Divine Nothing

3. The Legacy of German Idealism
Jewish Law and German Idealism
German Romanticism and "Spilt Religion": The Symbol
Scholem and Symbol
The Symbol as Static or Dynamic

4. Allegory and Redemption
Benjamin and Scholem: The Politics of Historiography
Benjamin: The Critic as Allegorist and the German Tragic Drama
Faithfulness and Betrayal: Sacred and Profane
Benjamin’s Baroque Allegory and deMan’s Deconstructionist Criticism
The Return of the Symbolic: Hope for the Hopeless
Allegory and Modernity
Citing the Past

5. Memory Is the Secret of Redemption: Messianism and Modernity
History, Modernity, and Messianism
History Will Not Bring the Messiah
"My secularism is not secular"
The Angel of History

Part Two: Emmanuel Levinas

6. The Rupture of the Good
Levinas’s Background
Reason-for-the Other: Sources for Levinas’s Critique of Philosophy
Ontology and Violence: Ethics and Politics
Exteriority and Eschatology

7. The Trace, The Face, and the Word of the Other
Time and the Other
Fecundity
The Face, The Trace, and the Ethical Relation
Language and the Face: Rosenzweig’s Speec