Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination
These five tales, which are as much about bodies—the enchanting, the ailing, the monstrous—as about spirits, leave the reader wondering: Which is stranger, the supernatural world or our own?
This theme is part of the Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagination series, which is an exploration of Jewish literature and culture. Other themes in the series include Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming, A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World, Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel, Neighbors: The World Next Door, and Your Heart's Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature.
- Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer
- The Dybbuk by S. Ansky
- The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick
- Angels in America by Tony Kushner
The humanities scholar’s essay was written by Jeremy Dauber, Atran Assistant Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University.
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How-To Discussion Programming Guides
Developed to aid participants in “The Millennium Project for Public Libraries,” this how-to guide (PDF) provides basic information about developing and promoting book discussion programs.
When planning a “Let’s Talk About It” program, you may wish to consult the planner’s manual (PDF) for general how-to information about program format, selecting a scholar, promoting your series, evaluation, and more.