Conversations with Chaim Potok

Chaim Potok Daniel Walden. ever , quite prepared to continue writing novels and , reflecting on his success and vast readership , it is no wonder . Ribalow : Are you surprised that your books have become bestsellers ? Potok : Amazed .

Author: Chaim Potok

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578063469

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"Writing at its best is an exalted state, an unlocking of the unconscious and imagination and a contact with sanctity." One of America's most popular Jewish writers, Chaim Potok (b. 1929) is the author of such novels as The Chosen (1967), The Promise (1969), The Book of Lights (1981), and Davita's Harp (1985). Each of his novels explores the tension between tradition and modernity, and the clash between Jewish culture and contemporary Western civilization, which he calls "core-to-core culture confrontation." Although primarily known as a novelist, Potok is an ordained Conservative rabbi and a world-class Judaic scholar who has also published children's books, theological discourses, biographies, and histories. Conversations with Chaim Potok presents interviews ranging from 1976 to 1999. Potok discusses the broad range of his writing and the deep influence of non-Jewish novels-in particular, Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man-on his work. Interviews bear witness to Potok's many other influences-Orthodox Jewish doctrine, Freudian psychoanalytical theory, Picasso's Guernica, and Jewish kabbalah mysticism. Though labeled an American Jewish writer, Potok argues that Flannery O'Connor should then be called an American Catholic writer and John Updike an American Protestant writer. "In his mind," editor Daniel Walden writes, "just as Faulkner was a writer focused on a particular place, Oxford, Mississippi, . . . so Potok's territory was a small section of New York City." Potok often explores conflict in his writings and in his interviews. Strict Jewish teachings deem fiction an artifice and therefore unnecessary, yet since the age of sixteen Potok has been driven to write novels. At the root of all of these conversations is Potok's intense interest in the turmoil between Jewish culture, religion, and tradition and what he calls "Western secular humanism." As he discusses his work, he continually includes broader issues, such as the state of Jewish literature and art, pointing out with pride and enthusiasm his belief that Jewish culture, in the twentieth century, has finally begun to have a significant role in producing and shaping the world's art and literature. Whether discussing the finer details of Talmudic textual analysis or his period of chaplaincy during the Korean War, Potok is articulate and philosophical, bringing deep consideration into what may seem small subjects. Although his novels and histories take place primarily in the recent past, the Chaim Potok that emerges from this collection is a writer deeply rooted in the tensions of the present. Daniel Walden is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, English and Comparative Literature at Penn State University. He has written or edited several books, including On Being Jewish (1974), Twentieth Century American Jewish Writers (1984), The World of Chaim Potok (1985), and American Jewish Poets: The Roots and the Stems (1990).

Chaim Potok

GENERAL INFORMATION AND CRITICISM Abramson , Edward A. Chaim Potok . Boston : Twayne , 1986 . Allen , William M. Chaim Potok Frequently Asked Questions 1997. online : http : // www.lasierra.edu/~ballen/potok/Potok.faqs.html .

Author: Sanford Sternlicht

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313311811

Category: History

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An in-depth study of the eight major novels by renowned Jewish-American writer, Chaim Potok.

Chaim Potok s The Chosen

Chaim Potok and the Critics: Sampler from a Consistent Spectrum” by Leslie Field. From Studies in American Jewish Literature 4 (1984): 3–12. Reprinted with permission of Studies in American Jewish Literature, Daniel Walden, Editor.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780791081730

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 133

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An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

Chaim Potok

"Daniel Waldon's Chaïm Potok Confronting Modernity Through the Løns of Tradition is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the crucial role played by Chaim Potok's rowels in examining the clash between modernity and faith.

Author: Daniel Walden

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271069708

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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Chaim Potok was a world-class writer and scholar, a Conservative Jew who wrote from and about his tradition and the conflicts between observance and acculturation. With a plain, straightforward style, his novels were set against the moral, spiritual, and intellectual currents of the twentieth century. This collection aims to widen the lens through which we read Chaim Potok and to establish him as an authentic American writer who created unforgettable characters forging American identities for themselves while retaining their Jewish nature. The essays illuminate the central struggle in Potok’s novels, which results from a profound desire to reconcile the appeal of modernity with the pull of traditional Judaism. The volume includes a memoir by Adena Potok and ends with Chaim Potok’s “My Life as a Writer,” a speech he gave at Penn State in 1982. Aside from the editor, the contributors are Victoria Aarons, Nathan P. Devir, Jane Eisner, Susanne Klingenstein, S. Lillian Kremer, Jessica Lang, Sanford E. Marovitz, Kathryn McClymond, Hugh Nissenson, Adena Potok, and Jonathan Rosen.

The Chosen by Chaim Potok Summary Study Guide

Sanford Pinsker, "The Crucifixion of Chaim Potok/The Excommunication of Asher Lev: Art and the Hasidic World,"' in Studies in American Jewish Literature, no 4, The World of Chaim Potok, edited by Darnel Walden, State University of New ...

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A Study Guide for Chaim Potok s The Chosen

The author's response to Sheldon Grebstein's article; Potok defends his language and style in The Chosen and explains how the subject of the novel is "culture war." Chaim Potok, Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410335616

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Chaim Potok's "The Chosen," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

A Study Guide for Chaim Potok s My Name Is Asher Lev

Suggested Search Terms Judaism AND Chaim Potok Jewish AND Chaim Potok Orthodox AND Judaism Hasidic AND Jewish Joseph Stalin AND Jew artist AND Chaim Potok Brooklyn AND Chaim Potok Lubavitch AND Chaim Potok Chaim Potok My Name Is Asher ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410353498

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Chaim Potok's "My Name Is Asher Lev," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

A Study Guide for Chaim Potok s Davita s Harp

Herman Harold Potok was born on February 17, 1929, and raised in New York City in an Orthodox Jewish home, the oldest son of Polish immigrants. Following Jewish tradition, his parents also gave the boy a Hebrew name, "Chaim," which ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410343789

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Chaim Potok's "Davita's Harp," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Chaim Potok

107, 709, 124-25, 128, 129, 737, 138-39, 140-41, 142, 144nl9 WORKS— HISTORY: Wanderings; Chaim Potok' s History of the Jews, 101-13; style in, 101, 704-5, 707. 108, 110-12. 113 WORKS— NOVELS: Book of Lights, ...

Author: Edward A. Abramson

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: UOM:39015011346676

Category: Literary Criticism

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Witness Through the Imagination

Chaim Potok , Wanderings : Chaim Potok's History of the Jews ( New York : Alfred A Knopf , 1978 ) , 398 . 2. Ibid . 3. Chaim Potok , " The Dark Inside , " Dimensions in American Judaism ( Fall 1967 ) : 35. Subsequent quotations are from ...

Author: S. Lillian Kremer

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814321178

Category: Social Science

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Criticism of Holocaust literature is an emerging field of inquiry, and as might be expected, the most innovative work has been concentrated on the vanguard of European and Israeli Holocaust literature. Now that American fiction has amassed an impressive and provocative Holocaust canon, the time is propitious for its evaluation. Witness through the Imagination presents a critical reading of themes and stylistic strategies of major American Holocaust fiction to determine its capacity to render the prelude, progress, and aftermath of the Holocaust. The unifying critical approach is the textual explication of themes and literary method, occasional comparative references to international Holocaust literature, and a discussion of extra-literary Holocaust sources that have influenced the creative writers' treatment of the Holocaust universe.