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To Make the Hands Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy

Adam Zachary Newton

Abstract

To Make the Hands Impure explores the act of reading as an embodied practice where ethics becomes a matter of tact—in the doubled sense of touch and regard. With the image of a book lying in the hands of its readers as insistent refrain, Newton’s argument To Make the Hands Impure stages the encounter of literary experience and scriptural traditions—the difficult and the holy—by cutting a provocative cross-disciplinary swath through classical Jewish texts, modern Jewish philosophy, film and performance, literature, translation, and the material text. The book’s conception of impurity as the red ... More

Keywords: Ethics, Reading, Book, Tactile, Material, Secular, Holy, Jewish, Postmodern, Rabbinic, Talmud, Novel, Cinema, Emmanuel Levinas, Mikhail Bakhtin, Stanley Cavell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823263516
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263516.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Zachary Newton, author
Yeshiva University