Summoning: Ideas of the Covenant and Interpretive Theory

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Ellen Spolsky
SUNY Press, 1993 M01 1 - 272 páginas
This book explores the variety of ways that the Jewish understanding of the Covenant relates to the notion of a contract or a shared grammar as developed in recent structural and post-structural theory. The book enters the debate on the relationship beween a variety of open-ended forms of text interpretation and traditional Jewish interpretive practice, expanding and deepening that debate. Until now, the discussion has focused primarily on Midrashic interpretation; these essays balance the assumption of the openness of interpretation with an exploration of the concurrent restrictions on interpretation imposed by a covenant.
 

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Power and Constraint Covenantal Hermeneutics in Milton
1
THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
25
Biblical Covenants as Performative Language
27
Facing the Other Levinas Perelman and Rosenzweig
47
The Difficulty of Finding a Moral Basis for Accepting the Covenant
71
The Perpetual Covenant of Jewish Learning
91
The Sign of the Covenant
115
COVENANTS AND TEXTS
129
Redesigning Redemption Covenant in the Testament of Moses
131
Placing Reading Ancient Israel and Medieval Europe
153
Binding and Unbinding The Summons to Interpretation in The Merchant of Venice
187
American Literatures Declaration of In I dependence Stanley Cavell Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Covenant of Consent
211
Intertextuality and Reader Responsibility Living On in Malamuds The Mourners
229
The New Covenant and the Dilemma of Dissensus Bercovitch Roth and Doctorow
251
Contributors
271
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Ellen Spolsky is Associate Professor at Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Director of the Lechter Institute for Literary Research.

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