An Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms by Jordan D. FinkinAn Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms by Jordan D. Finkin

An Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish Modernisms

byJordan D. Finkin

Hardcover | June 22, 2015

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In literary modernism, time and space are sometimes transformed from organizational categories into aesthetic objects, a transformation that can open dramatic metaphorical and creative possibilities. In An Inch or Two of Time, Jordan Finkin shows how Jewish modernists of the early twentieth century had a distinct perspective on this innovative metaphorical vocabulary. As members of a national-ethnic-religious community long denied the rights and privileges of self-determination, with a dramatically internalized sense of exile and landlessness, the Jewish writers at the core of this investigation reimagined their spatial and temporal orientation and embeddedness. They set as the fulcrum of their imagery the metaphorical power of time and space. Where non-Jewish writers might tend to view space as a given—an element of their own sense of belonging to a nation at home in a given territory—the Jewish writers discussed here spatialized time: they created an as-if space out of time, out of history. They understood their writing to function as a kind of organ of perception on its own. Jewish literature thus presents a particularly dynamic system for working out the implications of that understanding, and as such, this book argues, it is an indispensable part of the modern library.

Jordan D. Finkin is Visiting Scholar in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Jordan D. Finkin is Visiting Scholar in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
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Title:An Inch or Two of Time: Time and Space in Jewish ModernismsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:June 22, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271066415

ISBN - 13:9780271066417

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements

Appendix

Introduction: The Aesthetics of Spatiotemporality

Chapter 1: A Brief Essay on Time, Space, Nation, and Metaphor

Chapter 2: “Heymen un Reymen:” Homelandscapes, Shtetlekh, and Other Creative Spaces

Chapter 3: Temporaesthesia

Chapter 4: The Revolutionary Principles of Time and Space

Chapter 5: Enclosed in Distances: The Poetic Experiments of Yocheved Bat-Miriam

Afterword

Bibliography