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Patterson, David 1948-

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Exile : the sense of alienation in modern Russian letters by David Patterson( )

16 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 2,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life of a human community rests on common experience. Yet in modern life there is an experience common to all that threatens the very basis of community - the experience of exile. No one in the modern world has been spared the encounter with homelessness. Refugees and fugitives, the disillusioned and disenfranchised grow in number every day. Why does it happen? What does it mean? And how are we implicated?"--BOOK JACKET. "David Patterson responds to these and related questions by examining exile, a primary motif in Russian thought over the last century and a half. By "exile" he means not only a form of punishment but an existential condition."--BOOK JACKET. "Drawing on texts by such familiar figures as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, and Brodsky, as well as less thoroughly examined figures, including Florensky, Shestov, Tertz, and Gendelev, Patterson moves beyond the political and geographical fact of exile to explore its spiritual, metaphysical, and linguistic aspects. Thus he pursues the connections between exile and identity, identity and meaning, meaning and language."--BOOK JACKET. "Patterson shows that the problem of meaning in human life is a problem of homelessness, that the effort to return from exile is an effort to return meaning to the word, and that the exile of the word is an exile of the human being. By making heard voices from the Russian wilderness, Patterson makes visible the wilderness of the world."--BOOK JACKET
Encyclopedia of Holocaust literature by David Patterson( Book )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This encyclopedia presents the lives and works of 128 writers whose contributions lend significant first-generation understanding to the Holocaust. Arranged by author, entries provide a biographical, bibliographical, and critical profile with emphasis on each author's experience with or response to the Holocaust and contributions to the literature. All entries offer a short list of selected works. Included are appendixes listing authors by date, country of birth, and birth name. Two useful bibliographies -- one of primary works arranged by genre and another of book-length studies of Holocaust literature -- are also included. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries, this encyclopedia brings together representative primary and critical works of Holocaust literature."--"The Best of the Best Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2003
Open wounds : the crisis of Jewish thought in the aftermath of Auschwitz by David Patterson( )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, David Patterson sets out to describe why Jews must live - but especially think - in a way that is distinctly Jewish. For Patterson, the primary responsibility of post-Holocaust Jewish thought is to avoid thinking in the same categories that led to the attempted extermination of the Jewish people. The Nazis, he says, were not anti-Semitic because they were racists; they were racists because they were anti-Semitic, and their anti-Semitism was furthered by a Western ontological tradition that made God irrelevant by placing the thinking ego at the center of being."--BOOK JACKET
The shriek of silence : a phenomenology of the Holocaust novel by David Patterson( )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and held by 1,207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of more than 30 writers, in various languages. Discusses levels of relationship in their literary works, such as the death of the father, the death of the child, the splitting of the self, and the resurrection of the self
After-words : post-Holocaust struggles with forgiveness, reconciliation, justice by John K Roth( )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Writing in a format that creates the feel of dialogue, the nine contributors to After-Words tackle difficult questions about the nature of memory and forgiveness after the Holocaust. This book - created out of shared concerns about forgiveness, reconciliation, and justice, and out of a desire to investigate differences and disagreements between religious traditions and philosophical perspectives - represents an effort to spark meaningful dialogue between Jews and Christians and to encourage others to participate in similar inter- and intrafaith inquiries."--Jacket
Literature and spirit : essays on Bakhtin and his contemporaries by David Patterson( )

17 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""If Bakhtin is right, "" Wayne C. Booth has said, ""a very great deal of what we western critics have spent our time on is mistaken, or trivial, or both."" In Literature and Spirit David Patterson proceeds from the premise that Bakhtin is right. Exploring Bakhtin's notions of spirit, responsibility, and dialogue, Patterson takes his reader from the narrow arena of literary criticism to the larger realm of human living and human loving. True to the spirit of Bakhtin, he draws the Russian into a vibrant dialogue with other thinkers, including Foucault, Berdyaev, Gide, Lacan, Levinas, and Heidegge
Fire in the ashes : God, evil, and the Holocaust by David Patterson( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Along the edge of annihilation : the collapse and recovery of life in the Holocaust diary by David Patterson( )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on more than fifty diaries of Jewish Holocaust victims of all ages, written while the events described were actually taking place"--Jacket
Hebrew language and Jewish thought by David Patterson( )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on more than 300 Hebrew roots, the author shows that Jewish thought employs Hebrew concepts and categories that are altogether distinct from those that characterize the western speculative tradition. Among the key categories that shape Jewish thought are holiness, divinity, humanity, prayer, responsibility, exile, dwelling, gratitude, and language itself." "While the Hebrew language is central to the investigation, the reader need not have a knowledge of Hebrew in order to follow it. Essential reading for students and scholars of Judaism, this book will also be of value to anyone interested in the categories of thinking that form humanity's ultimate concerns."--Jacket
The affirming flame : religion, language, literature by David Patterson( Book )

7 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the Danube ran red by Zsuzsanna Ozsváth( )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opening with the ominous scene of one young schoolgirl whispering an urgent account of Nazi horror to another over birthday cake, Ozsvath's extraordinary and chilling memoir tells the story of her childhood in Hungary, living under the threat of the Holocaust. The setting is the summer of 1944, during the time of the German occupation when the Jews of Budapest were confined to scattered ghetto houses but not transported to Auschwitz in boxcars, as was the rest of the Hungarian Jewry living in the countryside. Provided with food and support by their former nanny, Erzsi, Ozsvith's family stays in a ghetto house where a group of children play theater, tell stories to one another, invent games to pass time, and wait for liberation
Confession by Leo Tolstoy( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1996 in English and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Confession Tolstoy poses the question: Is there any meaning in my life that will not be destroyed by my death? In 1879 the fifty-one-year-old author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina came to believe that he had accomplished nothing in life. Either of these magnificent novels would have assured Tolstoy's permanent place in the annals of world literature, yet his achievement was not enough to give his life meaning. Confession is an account of this spiritual crisis, marking a shift of Tolstoy's central focus from the aesthetic to the religious and philosophical. --
Genocide in Jewish thought by David Patterson( )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Among the topics explored in this book are ways of viewing the soul, the relation between body and soul, environmentalist thought, the phenomenon of torture, and the philosophical and theological warrants for genocide. Presenting an analysis of abstract modes of thought that have contributed to genocide, the book argues that a Jewish model of concrete thinking may inform our understanding of the abstractions that can lead to genocide. Its aim is to draw upon distinctively Jewish categories of thought to demonstrate how the conceptual defacing of the other human being serves to promote the murder of peoples, and to suggest a way of thinking that might help prevent genocide"--
The complete black book of Russian Jewry by Vasily Grossman( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Complete Black Book of Russian Jewry is a collection of eyewitness testimonies, letters, diaries, affidavits, and other documents on the activities of the Nazis against Jews in the camps, ghettoes, and towns of Eastern Europe. Arguably, the only apt comparison is to The Gulag Archipelago of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. This definitive edition of The Black Book, including for the first time materials omitted from previous editions, is a major addition to the literature on the Holocaust. It will be of particular interest to students, teachers, and scholars of the Holocaust and those interested in the history of Europe."--Jacket
When learned men murder : essays on the essence of higher education by David Patterson( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book focuses on the Wannsee Conference (Berlin, Germany, 1943) where Germany's "learned men" gathered to work out a "final solution" for the Jewish "problem." It addresses the issue of what had gone wrong with the education system when the men attending this conference (who had received its highest degrees) could plan such a massive crime yet see this crime as a great service to human culture. In seven essays the book pursues the relevance of these historical issues to today's colleges and universities. To find out what went wrong, and why, the book sees a relationship between the pursuit of higher education and the humanities--particularly philosophy, literature, and Jewish thought. The essential message is that technological training is not what teaching is about; that teaching is instead the embrace of human life and human sanctity. Educators are urged to remember the importance of literary and philosophical inquiry in general education and resist the over-emphasis on science, technology, and business. Essay titles include: "Implications of the Wannsee Conference for Higher Education"; "The Eclipse of the Highest in Higher Education"; "The Politics of Power at the Core of the Curriculum"; "The Role of the Humanities in Higher Education"; "The Honors Student, the Professor, and the Program in Higher Education"; and "On the Essence of Teaching." (Contains 100 references.) (Ch)
Diary of a superfluous man by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 1999 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A picture of 19th-century Russian society in which Turgenev created one of the first literary portraits of the alientated man. Turgenev once said that there was a great deal of himself in the unsuccessful lovers who apper in his fiction. This failure is the central fact for the protagonist
Winter notes on summer impressions by Fyodor Dostoyevsky( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In June 1862, Dostoevsky left Petersburg on his first excursion to Western Europe. Ostensibly making the trip to consult Western specialists about his epilepsy, Dostoevsky also wished to see firsthand the source of the Western ideas he believed were corrupting Russia. Over the course of his journey he visited a number of major cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, Milan, and Vienna. He recorded his impressions of everything he saw, and published them as "Winter Notes on Summer Impressions" in 1863
Emil L. Fackenheim : a Jewish philosopher's response to the Holocaust by David Patterson( Book )

7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the German Jewish philosophers -- The philosophical roots of the Holocaust -- The Jewish encounter with modern philosophy -- The matter of singularity -- From Auschwitz to Jerusalem -- Tikkun haolam -- Closing reflections
Sun turned to darkness : memory and recovery in the Holocaust memoir by David Patterson( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

That memory, he argues, serves three purposes for Jews struggling to recover after the Holocaust. First, a recovery of tradition: Not only was the body of Israel targeted for destruction, but also its very soul, as that soul was defined by God, Torah, and sacred history. Second, a recovery from an illness: These Jews suffer from the illness of indifference that plagued heaven and earth throughout the event. Third, these memoirs reveal the open-ended nature of recovery as a process that has no resolution: The survivors emerge from the camps, but the camps stay with the survivors and cast their shadow over the world. Readers are transformed into witnesses who face a never-ending process of remembrance, for the sacred, in spite of indifference
A genealogy of evil : anti-semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad by David Patterson( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on extensive scrutiny of primary sources from Nazi and Jihadist ideologues, David Patterson argues that Jihadist antisemitism stems from Nazi ideology. This book challenges the idea that Jihadist antisemitism has medieval roots, identifying its distinctively modern characteristics and tracing interconnections that link the Nazis to the Muslim Brotherhood to the PLO, Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda, the Sudan, the Iranian Islamic Republic, and other groups with an antisemitic worldview. Based on his close reading of numerous Jihadist texts, Patterson critiques their antisemitic teachings and affirms the importance of Jewish teaching, concluding that humanity needs the very Jewish teaching and testimony that the Jihadists advocate destroying"--
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Encyclopedia of Holocaust literature
Encyclopedia of Holocaust literatureOpen wounds : the crisis of Jewish thought in the aftermath of AuschwitzThe shriek of silence : a phenomenology of the Holocaust novelAfter-words : post-Holocaust struggles with forgiveness, reconciliation, justiceLiterature and spirit : essays on Bakhtin and his contemporariesFire in the ashes : God, evil, and the HolocaustAlong the edge of annihilation : the collapse and recovery of life in the Holocaust diaryHebrew language and Jewish thought
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Patterson, David Alan

Patterson David Alan 1948-....

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