Building a City by Sheila E. Jelen, Jeffrey Saks, Wendy Zierler (Editors)
Writings on Agnon’s Buczacz in Memory of Alan Mintz
The fiction of Nobel Laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon is the foundation of the array of scholarly essays as seen through the career of Alan Mintz, visionary scholar and professor of Jewish literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Mintz introduced Agnon’s posthumously published Ir Umeloah (A City in Its Fullness)―a series of linked stories set in the 17th century and focused on Agnon’s hometown, Buczacz, a town in what is currently western Ukraine―to an English reading audience, and argued that Agnon’s unique treatment of Buczacz in A City in its Fullness, navigating the sometimes tenuous boundary of the modernist and the mythical, was a full-throated, self-conscious literary response to the Holocaust. This volume is an extension of a memorial dedicated to Mintz’s memory (who died suddenly in 2017) which combines selections of Alan’s work from the beginning, middle and end of his career, with autobiographical tributes from older and younger scholars alike. The essays dealing with Agnon and Buczacz remember the career of Alan Mintz and his contribution to the world of Jewish studies and within the world of Jewish communal life.
Year first published: 2023