Ruth R. Wisse is Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Born in Czernowitz (now part of Ukraine) and raised in Montreal, she was the first professor to offer courses in Yiddish literature at McGill University, where she helped found the Department of Jewish Studies in the late 1960s. She lives in Cambridge, Massachussetts.
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Schocken On Sale: August 28, 2007 Price: $19.95
From the kingdom of David to the Oslo accords, Ruth Wisse's sweeping narrative offers a radical new way to think about the Jewish relationship to power. It is her bracing theory that the Jewish people have been corrupted—not by power, but by powerlessness.
Focusing on key moments in Jewish history—the destruction of the...
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