Jews and the Ends of Theory

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Shai Ginsburg, Martin Land, Jonathan Boyarin
  • New York, NY: 
    Fordham University Press
    , December
     336 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Benjamin Steele-Fischer forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Shai Ginsburg is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.

Martin Land is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Hadassah College and the Open University of Israel.

Jonathan Boyarin is the Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at Cornell University, where he directs the Jewish Studies Program.

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