Agnon's moonstruck lovers: The song of songs in Israeli culture

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Agnon's Moonstruck Lovers explores the response of Israel's Nobel laureate S. Y. Agnon to the privileged position of the Song of Songs in Israeli culture. Standing at a unique crossroads between religion and secularism, Agnon probes the paradoxes and ambiguities of the Zionist hermeneutic project. In adopting the Song, Zionist interpreters sought to return to the erotic, pastoral landscapes of biblical times. Their quest for a new, uplifting, secular literalism, however, could not efface the haunting impact of allegorical configurations of love.

Original languageAmerican English
PublisherUniversity of Washington
Number of pages202
ISBN (Electronic)9780295804774
ISBN (Print)9780295993027
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

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