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Cynthia Ozick's Comic Art : From Levity to Liturgy - Sarah Blacher Cohen

Cynthia Ozick's Comic Art

From Levity to Liturgy

Hardcover Published: 22nd February 1994
ISBN: 9780253313980
Number Of Pages: 193

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"Cohen has succeeded in showing a fusion of Ozick's writing as sacred and comic. Defining humor broadly, Cohen persuasively argues that levity and liturgy are natural companions, enriching each other, especially in the creative imagination of Cynthia Ozick." -- Midstream

..". a thoughtful introduction to a monumental though underrated writer." -- SHOFAR

"This study is a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly criticism of Ozick and focuses on her comedic style." -- Choice

"Cohen has written an important... book, one that celebrates Ozick's 'liturgical laughter, ' emphasizing on every occasion the connection between the comic and the sacred. It is a connection we should be reminded of often." -- Belles Lettres

"Cohen's readings of these stories reveal their many levels and meanings in a language as acute and perceptive as that of Ozick herself."A -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine

"In presenting Ozick as a 'comedian of ideas, ' Sarah Blacher Cohen has raised the study of Ozick to a new level." -- Alan L. Berger

" Cohen] understands Ozick's hybrid conception of human nature, her realization that the secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow and that the ironic mode... is the best way of telling the truth." -- Daniel Walden

"In presenting Ozick as a 'comedian of ideas', Sarah Blacher Cohen has raised the study of Ozick to a new level." Alan L. Berger "[Cohen] understands Ozick's hybrid conception of human nature, her realization that the secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow and that the ironic mode ... is the best way of telling the truth." Daniel Walden "Cohen has succeeded in showing a fusion of Ozick's writing as sacred and comic. Defining humor broadly, Cohen persuasively argues that levity and liturgy are natural companions, enriching each other, especially in the creative imagination of Cynthia Ozick." Midstream " ... a thoughtful introduction to a monumental though underrated writer." SHOFAR "This study is a welcome addition to the growing body of scholarly criticism of Ozick and focuses on her comedic style." Choice "Cohen has written an important ... book, one that celebrates Ozick's 'liturgical laughter', emphasizing on every occasion the connection between the comic and the sacred. It is a connection we should be reminded of often." Belles Lettres "Cohen's readings of these stories reveal their many levels and meanings in a language as acute and perceptive as that of Ozick herself." St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Cynthia Ozick's Comic Art of Truth-Tellingp. 1
Trust: Comedy of Manners and Moralsp. 21
"Envy; or, Yiddish in America": Elegy, Satire, and Celebrationp. 47
"The Pagan Rabbi," "Levitation," and "Usurpation": Wry Jokes on Realismp. 63
The Puttermesser Stories: Feminist Folliesp. 82
The Cannibal Galaxy: From Caustic Humor to Midrashic Laughterp. 107
The Messiah of Stockholm and the "Cackle of Satire"p. 126
The Shawl: The Tragicomedy of Revolt and Survivalp. 146
Conclusion: From Low to High Comedyp. 166
Selected Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 190
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ISBN: 9780253313980
ISBN-10: 0253313988
Series: Jewish Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 193
Published: 22nd February 1994
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 14