The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction
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A wide-ranging study of the fascinating legend of the golem, especially as this humanoid morphs in contemporary Holocaust fiction."--Susan Gubar "author of Judas: A Biography "
Elizabeth Baer's The Golem Redux opens new vistas in our understanding of intertextuality and the enduring power of myth even, or especially, in the face of the Shoah. Her scholarship is comprehensive and richly suggestive."--Alan R. Berger "Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz at Florida Atlantic University "
Baer focuses on golem fiction that is realistic, except for the creation of the golem, and sees the role of the
golem in post-Holocaust literature as "an affirmation of the viability and authority of the imagination of story,
and of creativity." Scholarly without being pretentious, the book is highly recommended for all Jewish libraries.
The golem has returned. He fills the shelves of gift shops throughout Prague in the form of little clay statues. He inhabits the pages of recent comic books and novels. He appears on television shows and is written up in numerous newspaper and magazine articles. And he has been the subject of several scholarly studies in recent years. . . It is the most recent reappearance of the golem that interests Elizabeth R. Baer in The Golem Redux.-- (02/01/2014)
The Golem Redux is indispensible reading for anyone interested in the golem or any associated topics, and will likely remain so for some time.--B. Stu Burns"Folklorica" (10/01/2013)