Introduction

in European Judaism

This collection of scholarly essays addresses figurations of Jewishness and childhood in literary texts from a variety of perspectives in literary theory and cultural analysis. Literature appears as one of the revealing instances where these two figurations interact with each other in important ways. Fundamental to the interrelationship between Jewishness and childhood is the endeavour to transmit Jewish culture, history and religion to the children of future generations and to emphasize the latter as both the keepers and renewers of tradition. The contributions aim at illuminating both the referential and metaphorical interrelations between Jewishness and childhood in the medium of literature.

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European Judaism

A Journal for the New Europe