JTS Scholar Organizes Panel on Israeli Literary Legend

Paper on Gershon Shaked Featured in Haaretz

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January 15, 2008, New York, NY

A paper by Dr. Alan Mintz, Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature and chair of the Department of Hebrew Language at The Jewish Theological Seminary, was the lead article in the January 4 Culture section of Haaretz (Hebrew edition) and also appeared in “Weeks End” section of the paper on January 11. (English edition).

Entitled “Reb Gershon and Reb Yudl: Thoughts on the Achievement of Gershon Shaked on the First Anniversary of His Death,” the paper was originally presented at the recent Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Toronto, at which Dr. Mintz organized a panel discussion dedicated to the memory of the eminent Israeli literary scholar Gershon Shaked.

Chaired by Dr. Glenda Abramson of Oxford University, the panel included Dr. Mintz; Dr. Avner Holtzman, Tel Aviv University; Dr. Shachar Pinsker, University of Michigan, and Dr. Anne Golumb Hoffman, Fordham University,

Dr. Mintz first heard Shaked lecture at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem in 1977, when he presented a paper on Agnon. In his paper, Dr. Mintz examines the affinity between Shaked and the protagonist of Agnon's first novel, The Bridal Canopy, which illuminates Shaked's passions as well as his critical methods.

Dr. Mintz's current research centers on Hebrew literature in America and the history of the Hebraist movement during the first half of the twentieth century. He is completing a critical study of twelve Hebrew poets who wrote in America between the two world wars of the twentieth century. His publications, among others, include Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in America (University of Washington Press, 2001) and Translating Israel: The Reception of Hebrew Literature in America (Syracuse University Press, 2001), and editing Reading Hebrew Literature (Brandeis University Press / University Press of New England, 2002).

To read Dr. Mintz’s paper, click here.

Editors/Reporters: To schedule an interview with Dr. Mintz, contact Sherry S. Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678-8953.