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From Continuity to ContiguityToward a New Jewish Literary Thinking$
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Dan Miron

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762007

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762007.001.0001

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Contiguity: Franz Kafka's Standing Within the Modern Jewish Literary Complex

Contiguity: Franz Kafka's Standing Within the Modern Jewish Literary Complex

(p.303) Ten Contiguity: Franz Kafka's Standing Within the Modern Jewish Literary Complex
From Continuity to Contiguity
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This chapter examines the dynamics of the Jewish literary complex as dictated by the movement of diverse entities within it, the brands of contiguity these entities formed when coming in touch with each other, and their mutual “sympathies” and rejections. Through the example of Kafka it illustrates some of the latter, starting with his reaction to contemporary Yiddish and Hebrew literatures; a reaction that the extensive Kafka scholarship has only half understood because it focused exclusively on Kafka's attachment to Yiddish, and by overlooking the Hebrew component of the equation, partly misunderstood the Yiddish one as well. The chapter aims to shed some light on the dynamism of the Jewish literary complex during the era of its nationalist renaissance.

Keywords:   Jewish literature, Jewish writing, Jewish literary complex, Yiddish, Hebrew, nationalist renaissance

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