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Jewish Studies as CounterlifeA Report to the Academy$
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Adam Zachary Newton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823283958

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823283958.001.0001

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Interchapter IV Speaking of JS; and Its Vicissitudes

Interchapter IV Speaking of JS; and Its Vicissitudes

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(p.123) Interchapter IV Speaking of JS; and Its Vicissitudes
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Jewish Studies as Counterlife
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Adam Zachary Newton

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823283958.003.0008

Speaking of JS to JS can be hit or miss. Two occasions on which I was asked to do so offer instructive lessons. The first talk was pitched to a composite audience of colleagues in Jewish Studies and literary studies. Such conditions of “bilingualism” stand out most starkly at institutions where an affiliative history bridging two distinct constituencies remains only emergent. The presentation was built on the central figure of reading as a tactile practice: books as the felt objects of palpable hands in relation to interpretive will and the rabbinic tradition, more specifically, where the question also intersects intriguingly with criteria for canonicity....

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