The Golem Redux: From Prague to Post-Holocaust Fiction


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Wayne State University Press
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6.0 X 0.7 X 8.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Elizabeth R. Baer is professor of English and genocide studies at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She is co-editor with Hester Baer of The Blessed Abyss: Inmate #6582 in Ravensbr?ck Concentration Camp for Women (Wayne State University Press, 2000) and co-editor with Myrna Goldenberg of Experience and Expression: Women, the Nazis, and the Holocaust (Wayne State University Press, 2003). She is also editor of Shadows on My Heart: The Civil War Diary of Lucy Buck of Virginia, a finalist for the Lincoln Prize in 1997.


Demonstrating a lively sense of subject and a high degree of critical insight, Elizabeth Baer updates the centuries-old Jewish tradition of the golem and helps to clarify the continuing appeal of this strange-but-compelling figure to a range of writers, filmmakers, and other artists. Her book will be of particular interest to readers drawn to ponder the possibilities of imaginative literature after the Holocaust."--Alvin H. Rosenfeld "professor of English and Jewish studies at Indiana University "
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.

--Kathe Pinchuck, Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel "Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews "
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)