Bard Events Calendar

Religion Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Hannah Arendt Center Present

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
A Poetic Mythology for an Age of Anger? The Furious Construction of Subjectivity in 13th-Century Kabbalah
Olin, Room 102
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Nathaniel Berman
In the face of our current “Age of Anger,” Nathaniel Berman turns to the poetic mythology of the Jewish esoteric tradition – replete with tales of the crucial role of fury in the formation of divine, demonic, and human subjectivity.  The Zohar, kabbalah’s central text, declares, “there is anger – and – there is anger”:  foregrounding anger’s often ambivalent role, both igniting destructive hatred and impelling demands for social justice.  Examining Zoharic mythology from rhetorical and psychoanalytic perspectives, Berman shows how it provides a productive language for perennial features of the human condition.

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Time: 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102