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Kruger, Steven F.

Overview
Works: 24 works in 106 publications in 3 languages and 3,107 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humor 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PN671, 809.933530902
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Steven F Kruger
Queering the Middle Ages( )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, while not denying the force of gender and sexual norms, the authors consider how historical work has written out or over what might have been nonnormative in medieval sex and culture, and they work to restore a sense of such instabilities
Dreaming in the Middle Ages by Steven F Kruger( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval attitudes toward dreaming encompassed both deep fascination and strong suspicion. In Dreaming in the Middle Ages, Steven Kruger explores the ambivalence of the medieval dream through a close examination of philosophical, legal, and theological writings, as well as literary and autobiographical works. To place the medieval dream in its historical and cultural context, Kruger studies the development of theories of dreaming from late-antique Neoplatonic and patristic writers to the dream theorists of the late Middle Ages, and he situates these erudite and complex theories in relation to more popular treatments of dreaming like the Somniale Danielis. He considers previously neglected material, including an important dream vision by Nicole Oresme, and arrives at a new understanding of the literary genre of the dream vision. Finally, he asks how much we can discover about the medieval dreamer's "real-life" experience of dreaming, and looks to autobiographical accounts, particularly the dreams of conversion in Hermann of Cologne's Opusculum de conversione sua, to provide a partial answer. Dreaming in the Middle Ages presents a wide-ranging and challenging reinterpretation of the medieval dream, exploring an experience of crucial importance for our broader understanding of medieval culture
Approaching the millennium : essays on Angels in America( Book )

9 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tony Kushner's epic play Angels in America has been one of the most successful theatrical phenomena of recent years, playing to full houses in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Frankfurt and touring North America and Asia. In Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America, prominent critics and theorists analyze diverse aspects of the play, exploring such themes as its treatment of American history and politics, its implication in apocalyptic writing, its thematizing of questions of identity (racial, religious, gender, and sexual), and the contexts of its performance and reception."--Jacket
AIDS narratives : gender and sexuality, fiction and science by Steven F Kruger( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first book-length study of the rich fiction that has emerged from the AIDS crisis. Examining first the ways in which scientific discourse on AIDS has reflected ideologies of gender and sexuality-such as the construction of AIDS as a disease of gay men, part of a battle over masculinity, and thus largely excluding women with AIDS from public attention-the book considers how such discourses have shaped narrative understandings of AIDS. On the one hand, AIDS is seen as an invariably fatal weakening of an individual's bodily defenses, a depiction often used to reconfirm an identification between disease and a weak and vulnerable gayness. On the other hand, AIDS is understood in terms of an epidemic attributable to gay "immorality" or "unnaturalness." The fiction of AIDS depends upon these two narratives, with one major subgenre of AIDS novel presenting narratives of personal illness, decline, and death, and a second focusing on epidemic "spread." These novels also question the narrative structures upon which they depend, intervening particularly against the homophobia of those structures, though also sometimes reinforcing it
The spectral Jew : conversion and embodiment in medieval Europe by Steven F Kruger( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Medieval European culture encompassed Judaic, Christian, Muslim, and pagan societies, forming a complex matrix of religious belief, identity, and imagination. Through incisive readings of a broad range of medieval texts and informed by poststructuralist, queer, and feminist theories, The Spectral Jew traces the Jewish presence in Western Europe to show how the body, gender, and sexuality were at the root of the construction of medieval religious anxieties, inconsistencies, and instabilities. Looking closely at how medieval Jewish and Christian identities are distinguished from each other, yet intimately intertwined, Kruger demonstrates how Jews were often corporealized in ways that posited them as inferior to Christians?archaic and incapable of change?even as the two mutually shaped each other. But such attempts to differentiate Jews and Christians were inevitably haunted by the knowledge that Christianity had emerged out of Judaism and was, in its own self-understanding, a community of converts. Examining the points of contact between Christian and Jewish communities, Kruger discloses the profound paradox of the Jew as different in all ways, yet capable of converting to fully Christian status. He draws from central medieval authors and texts such as Peter Damian, Guibert of Nogent, the Barcelona Disputation, and the Hebrew chronicles of the First Crusade, as well as lesser known writings such as the disputations of Ceuta, Majorca, and Tortosa and the immensely popular Dialogues of Peter Alfonsi. By putting the conversion narrative at the center of this analysis, Kruger exposes it as a disruption of categories rather than a smooth passage and reveals the prominent role Judaism played in the medieval Christian imagination
Il sogno nel medioevo by Steven F Kruger( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in Italian and Latin and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il sogno nel Medioevo by Steven F Kruger( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, Volume 14 by Steven F Kruger( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreams in search of knowledge : the middle vision of Chaucer and his contemporaries by Steven F Kruger( )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dream space and masculinity by Steven F Kruger( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AIDS narratives : gender and sexuality, fiction and science by Steven F Kruger( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modernist Medievalisms and Medieval Modernisms : Audr the Deep-Minded and Derdriu in Norse, Old Irish, Modernist Irish and Post-1945 Scottish Literature by Cori L Gabbard( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The paradox of holocaust humor : comedy that illuminates tragedy by Alice M Solomon( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The use of humor in Holocaust art has provoked fervent debate. On one side are those who denounce it in the belief that it misrepresents the event and disrespects its victims. On the other side are those who believe that humor, especially in its darkest form, is uniquely suited to the representation of an event so inherently absurd and terrifying. This dissertation supports the latter position. It begins with an overview of humor theory, citing, among others, Hobbes, Kant, Freud, Bakhtin, and Des Pres. Humor is shown to be both a defense against persecution and a force for resistance and rebellion. The problematic aspects of memory, witnessing, and giving testimony are considered within the context of attempting to reconstruct history. The dissertation goes on to discuss the special nature of Jewish humor, which often focuses on the gap between the ideal of the Jews as a chosen people and the reality of Jewish historical experience. Following this are discussions of specific works--the first among them Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night. Central to this novel is the kind of moral ambiguity so often present in Holocaust narrative. The protagonist, a self-proclaimed apolitical man, accepts a job spying for the Allies; yet the job involves broadcasting inflammatory anti-Semitic propaganda. In Mother Night Vonnegut addresses the importance of behaving responsibly. The central figure in Leslie Epstein's King of the Jews, based on the head of the Lodz Ghetto Jewish Council, is enveloped in moral ambiguity, as well. Is he an egomaniacal tyrant interested only in self-glorification and in wielding power, or is he himself only a victim, trying to do his best under impossible circumstances? Next to be considered are the works of three Second-Generation authors: Art Spiegelman, Michael Chabon, and Thane Rosenbaum. It is shown that all three use humor, as well as magic, to respond to their Holocaust legacies. The transmission of memory and the phenomenon of secondhand witnessing are examined in this chapter. Finally, the dissertation addresses five film comedies that touch upon the Holocaust in varying degrees: The Great Dictator, To Be or Not to Be, The Producers, Seven Beauties, and Life Is Beautiful . It is shown that each one, through the use of very different types of humor, moved us forward in our ability to confront and contemplate a subject that remains largely incomprehensible
Medieval Christian (dis)identifications : Muslims and Jews in Guibert of Nogent by Steven F Kruger( )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature. Cuny Panel: Rethinking the Disciplines. Women in the Curriculum Series by Joan E Hartman( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of six essays examines the ways in which literature, as a discipline, reflects ongoing scholarship on gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation. In "Rethinking the Discipline of Literature: Gender," Joan E. Hartman presents the results of a Modern Language Association survey that highlights the prominence of feminist approaches to literature. In "Latin American Literature," Daisy Cocco de Filippis addresses the marginalized place of Latin American women writers in the curriculum. In "Medieval Studies," Steven F. Kruger notes that the new scholarship enriches and broadens contemporary views of medieval culture. In "Eighteenth-Century Studies," Sally O'Driscoll discusses the effects of queer theory on the field, while in "The Impact of Asian-American Literature," Amy Ling reviews the growing but limited impact of Asian-American literature on English departments. In "Caribbean Literature," Barbara J. Webb notes the numerous parallels between recent developments in Caribbean and African-American literature and discusses the cross-cultural aspects of the genre. Each essay contains references. (Mdm)
The spectral jew by Steven F Kruger( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Literary Theories of Circumcision by A. W Strouse( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

AIDS narratives : gender and sexuality, fiction and science by Steven F Kruger( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The calamus root : American gay poetry since World War II by Walter Holland( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Medieval Jewish-Christian debate : (De) stabilizing identities( Visual )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Medieval Christians often failed to understand that Judaism was a living religion, not a dead one. Christianity both depended on and expressed a wish to distance itself from its Jewish heritage. The lecture concentrates on "disputations" between Christains and Jews staged so that Jewish scholars were seemingly forced to accept the secondary nature of their own scholarship and religious beliefs
 
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Dreaming in the Middle Ages
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Dreaming in the Middle AgesApproaching the millennium : essays on Angels in AmericaAIDS narratives : gender and sexuality, fiction and scienceThe spectral Jew : conversion and embodiment in medieval EuropeAIDS narratives : gender and sexuality, fiction and scienceAIDS narratives : gender and sexuality, fiction and science
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English (92)

Italian (9)

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