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The University of the Witwatersrand where Glenda Abramson received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
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Although there are a number of views concerning its origins, modern Hebrew literature could be defined as being just two hundred years old. A convenient starting point might be the publication of the first letter of N. M. Wessely's divre shalom veemet in 1782, or the first issue of the periodical amneasef, which appeared a year later. During the following two centuries, considerable literature in Hebrew arose in many different places. The emphasis in this volume, composed of papers by distinguished scholars, is on the transition from the great centers of Hebrew creativity in eastern Europe - which fell into decline and disappeared in the terrible events between the years 1881 and 1945 - to the new center in Palestine.
(An essential reference for every Jewish home, The Blackwe...)
An essential reference for every Jewish home, The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture presents the little-known details, inspirational struggles, and remarkable achievements of the Jewish people. A comprehensive account of the Jewish contribution to every cultural field over the past 200 years, the book contains more than 1,100 entries arranged alphabetically and covers prominent figures from politics, religion, science, the performing arts, and more.
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Yehuda Amichai was an Israeli poet of international distinction. Known as Israel's "master poet," Amichai conveys a portrait of life in modern Israel, summarizing and reflecting all the major preoccupations of his generation. Abramson presents a detailed critical description and thematic analysis of Amichai's work, with reference to the historical background from which it has emerged.
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Jewish Education and Learning, dedicated to Dr. David Patterson, founding President of the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, takes as its theme Jewish education and learning throughout the ages. This collection of essays was written by outstanding scholars who have been associated with David Patterson and the Oxford Centre. The essays explore the nature and function of the Jewish Academies in the broadest sense, the leading personalities associated with them and their social, cultural and moral effect on the Jewish communities of their day.
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The fascination and enigma of Agnon's work is the inspiration for studies in this volume, which illustrate the importance of a writer who remains perhaps the central figure in Hebrew literature, but who has not gained prominence on the larger stage of world literature. The research and analyses collected in this book aim to foster an understanding and appreciation of Agnon's work amongst the English-reading public.
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It is unusual for creative literature to be so much younger than its language, and the story of the development of Hebrew fiction is no less fascinating than the stories that embody it in this collection. This anthology demonstrates the astonishing richness and diversity of Hebrew short fiction by including not only established authors of the stature of Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, Yehuda Amichai, and David Grossman but also less well-known writers whose stories have not been published in translation before: Orly Castel-Bloom and Savyon Liebrecht among the younger women writers, Yitzhak Oren among the more experimental older generation. Glenda Abramson's informative introduction sets the scene for a powerful literary collection, the definitive anthology of a vibrant modern genre.
(Yehuda Amichai was Israel's foremost poet, as well as a s...)
Yehuda Amichai was Israel's foremost poet, as well as a significant novelist and dramatist. In this volume, the world's leading authorities on Amichai explore all the major genres and themes of his work. The result is an important book, a unique and comprehensive scholarly overview of a major twentieth-century literary figure. It will prove especially valuable to those teaching modern Hebrew literature at English-language universities.
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Many political plays have been written in Israel over the past fifty years, and they are perceived, by audiences and critics, as major interventions in political debate. In this first full-length study, Glenda Abramson shows that Israeli drama has been at the center of public controversies on many topics, including the ethical basis of Zionism, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the wars, and the Holocaust. Hanokh Levin, Yehoshua Sobol, Yosef Mundi, and Miriam Kainy are among the playwrights examining Zionism as it affects contemporary Israeli society.
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Based on the Mason Lectures delivered at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the winter of 1995, the ten essays in this volume demonstrate the function and dynamic effect of Jewish mythologies in social, political, and psychological life.
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Almost one and a quarter million Jewish soldiers took part in the First World War, spread through the armies on both sides of the conflict. Their numbers were more or less in proportion to the Jewish populations in the countries involved, and sometimes even greater. There is comparatively little writing about this experience in Hebrew. Those who did write novels, poetry, stories, memoirs, and diaries in Hebrew were either serving soldiers on the Eastern Front and in Palestine or civilians who were caught up in the war in one way or another. Their work reflected not only the tribulations of the trenches but also the hardship suffered by civilians.
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Yehuda Amon and Haim Nahmias were middle-class Jerusalem Jews who were conscripted into the Ottoman army and transported to Western Anatolia with the labor battalions during World War I. They kept detailed notes of their dreadful experiences which they later extended into complete narratives. Both diaries were discovered only recently and both appear here for the first time in this English translation. In addition to the translation of the diaries, the book includes a detailed introduction which describes life in the Jewish settlement in Palestine during the war under the autocratic rule of Jemal Pasha, the Governor of Syria and Palestine.
Glenda Abramson studied at the University of the Witwatersrand where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, History and Hebrew in 1960, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish studies with honors in 1964, a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew/Jewish theatre in 1969, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Hebrew poetry in 1973.
Besides, in her later years, in 1998, she received an honorary degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Glenda Abramson is one of the foremost English-speaking experts on Hebrew culture. She was Schreiber Fellow in modern Jewish studies and Cowley Lecturer in post-Biblical Hebrew at the University of Oxford. Now she is a professor emeritus. Her current research interests are in Hebrew writing - diaries, memoirs, letters, and belles letters - dealing with the Jewish military and civilian experience in Central and Eastern Europe during the First World War. She also taught at St. Cross College. She served as one of the seven international judges for the 100 Great Jewish Books project, held in the United States.
Over the years Abramson among other things edited numerous studies of Hebrew literature, translated some of the works of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, and wrote two studies of Hebrew theater, Modern Hebrew Drama (1979) and Drama and Ideology in Modem Israel (1998). The former book, a survey of Hebrew-language plays performed from the 1920s to the 1970s should be of great value to students of drama at all levels. In contrast, Drama and Ideology in Modern Israel presents much more than a survey of Israeli drama. It places Israeli theatre in the context of ideological and political developments since the establishment of the state.
As Abramson notes, Israeli theater was - from its inception - politicized to the point where the message of a play is often seen as more important than its artistic merit. In Abramson's own words, Israeli theater has preserved its traditional polemical function, to comment and commentate, almost to the extent of participation in social processes. In fact, it is frequently on the brink of becoming a social process. Critically balanced and rich in textual readings, Drama and Ideology in Modern Israel is a valuable guide to the intricate nature of political theater.
Among the books that Abramson edited are The Oxford Book of Hebrew Short Stories (1996) and The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (1989). In her introduction to the former book, Abramson examines how Israelis resurrected the ancient language of Hebrew, which had nearly died out - Yiddish was the language of daily life for most European Jews - and adapted it to the needs of modern literature. The book contains an eclectic mix of articles, ranging from biographies of famous Jews to articles about aspects of Jewish culture, to essays on the relationships between Jewish figures and wider cultural trends. The unifying theme in these articles is the specifically Jewish contribution to Enlightenment culture, and therefore, incidentally, both the impact of the Enlightenment on the Jews and the impact of the Jews on the Enlightenment.
Abramson's other writings include The Writing of Yehuda Amichai: A Thematic Approach, Hebrew in Three Months, Essays in Honour of Salo Rappaport: On the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday, The Great Transition: The Recovery of the Lost Centers of Modern Hebrew Literature, Tradition And Trauma: Studies in the Fiction of S. J. Agnon, and others. She also contributed articles to anthologies, including Muslim-Jewish Encounters: Intellectual Traditions and Modern Politics, Brown Judaic Studies, The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, and to journals, including the Journal of Jewish Studies, Prospect, Prooftexts, Jewish Studies Quarterly, and Israel Studies.
(The fascination and enigma of Agnon's work is the inspira...)1994
(Based on the Mason Lectures delivered at the Oxford Centr...)1999
(It is unusual for creative literature to be so much young...)1996
(An essential reference for every Jewish home, The Blackwe...)1989
(Yehuda Amon and Haim Nahmias were middle-class Jerusalem ...)2013
(Many political plays have been written in Israel over the...)1998
(Although there are a number of views concerning its origi...)1985
(Almost one and a quarter million Jewish soldiers took par...)2008
(Great Tranquillity: Questions and Answers is a book by Ye...)1983
(Yehuda Amichai was Israel's foremost poet, as well as a s...)1997
(Hebrew in Three Months is a guide to understanding and sp...)1993
(Yehuda Amichai was an Israeli poet of international disti...)1989
(Jewish Education and Learning, dedicated to Dr. David Pat...)1994
Glenda Abramson is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies, Association for Israel Studies, European Association for Jewish Studies, and British Association for Jewish Studies.
Glenda Abramson is married to David Abramson. The couple has two children, John and Liam.