Arresting Tales: Law and Morality in Modern Jewish Literature
A talk by the Emerging Voices in Jewish Studies Award Winner Ofer Dynes, McGill University
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Arresting Tales: Law and Morality in Modern Jewish Literature will straddle two seemingly unrelated phenomena in Jewish history: the encounter of Polish Jews with the concept of state law and the birth of modern Jewish literature in Eastern Europe. Drawing on newly discovered documents, legal texts, poems, and plays, Dynes will reflect on the experience of a generation of Jews who, in the wake of Poland’s partitions (1773–1795), experienced the shift from living under Polish feudal-like rule to being subject to an imperial state and its laws. Dynes will explain how literature then emerged as a means to popularize strategic knowledge about the law, extract new forms of political experience, and reflect on the relationship between the legal and the moral. The Emerging Voices in Jewish Studies Award is presented jointly by Fordham University’s Jewish Studies program and Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies to promising young scholars who are treading new paths in Jewish studies.
Ofer Dynes, Emerging Voices in Jewish Studies Award-Winner, McGill University
Anne Golomb Hoffman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Fordham University
113 W 60th Street, New York, NY
CLE credits have been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for a maximum of 2 nontransitional professional practice credits.
Fees: $65 for practitioners ($55 for public interest attorneys and Fordham Alumni).