Creating Communities

Towards a Description of the Mask-function in Literature

Nourit Melcer-Padon

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Creating Communities

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Pub Date: August 2019

ISBN: 9783837641868

218 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Creating Communities

Towards a Description of the Mask-function in Literature

Nourit Melcer-Padon

Transcript-Verlag

How does historical reality interrelate with fiction? And how much are readers themselves involved in fictional literature? With innovative interpretations of various well-known texts, Nourit Melcer-Padon introduces the use of literary masks and illustrates literature’s effects on its readers’ morality. She facilitates a new perception of literary theory and of connections between thinkers such as Iser, Castoriadis, Sartre, Jung, and Neumann. The book offers a unique view on the role of the community in post-existentialist modern cultural reality by emphasizing the importance of ritual practices in literature as a cultural manifestation.

About the Author

Nourit Melcer-Padon was awarded a PhD summa cum laude from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her interests range from literary theory to socio-historical studies, with special focus on the ambiguous relationship between fiction and historical reality. She lives in Jerusalem where she is the chair of the English department at the Hadassah Academic College and has been pursuing post-doctoral research on seventeenth-century Livorno at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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