Jews and the Ends of Theory

Shai Ginsburg (co-editor)
Fordham University Press
2018

Theory has often been coded as “Jewish”―not merely because Jewish intellectuals have been central participants, but also, this book argues, because certain problematics of modern Jewishness enrich theoretical questions across the humanities. In the range of violence and agency that can attend the appellation “Jew,” Jewishness is revealed as a rhetorical and not just social fact, one tied to profound questions of power, subjectivity, identity, figuration, language, and relation that are also central to modern theory and modern politics. Understanding Jewishness in its fluidity, this book helps articulate theory’s potential to mediate pessimistic and utopian impulses, experiences, and realities.

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