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The Golem redux : from Prague to post-Holocaust fiction

Author: Elizabeth Roberts Baer
Publisher: Detroit : Wayne State University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"First mentioned in the Book of Psalms in the Hebrew Bible, the golem is a character in an astonishing number of post-Holocaust Jewish-American novels and has served as inspiration for such varied figures as Mary Shelley's monster in her novel Frankenstein, a frightening character in the television series The X-Files, and comic book figures such as Superman and the Hulk. In The Golem Redux: From Prague to
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Roberts Baer
ISBN: 9780814336267 0814336264 9780814336274 0814336272
OCLC Number: 752471287
Description: x, 229 pages, [10] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Golem redux : variations on the Golem legend in Jewish tradition --
German-language appropriations : the Golem runs amok ; Gustav Meyerink, Der Golem (1915); Paul Wegener, Der Golem: Wie er in die Welt kam (German film, 1920); Julien Duvivier, Le Golem: The legend of Prague (French film, 1936) --
Traditional retellings of the Golem legend ; Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Golem (1969, 1982); Elie Wiesel, The Golem (1983); Frances Sherwood, The book of splendor (2002) --
The comics connection ; Marvel Comics: Strange tales featuring the Golem (1970s); James Sturm, The Golem's mighty swing (2001); Pete Hamill, Snow in August (1997); Michael Chabon, The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000) --
Golems to the rescue ; Cynthia Ozick, The Puttermesser papers (1997); Thank Rosenbaum, The Golems of Gotham (2002); The X-files: "Kaddish" (1997); Daniel Handler, Watch your mouth (2000).
Responsibility: Elizabeth R. Baer.


Traces the history of the golem legend and its appropriations in German texts and film as well as in post-Holocaust Jewish-American fiction, comics, graphic novels, and television.  Read more...
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