Alan Mintz

Alan Mintz is the Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature in the Department of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Mintz joined the JTS faculty in June 2001, after 10 years at Brandeis University as the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature. Dr. Mintz's current research centers on Hebrew literature in America and the history of the Hebraist movement during the first half of the twentieth century. He is completing a critical study of 12 Hebrew poets who wrote in America between the two world wars of the 20th century, titled Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).

Dr. Mintz is the author of Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in America (University of Washington Press, 2001) and Translating Israel: The Reception of Hebrew Literature in America (Syracuse University Press, 2001), and editor of Reading Hebrew Literature (Brandeis University Press / University Press of New England, 2002). His recent essays include "In the Seas of Youth: On Agnon's Bilvav yamim"; "Knocking on Heaven's Gate: Hebrew Literature and Wisse's Canon"; and "Bialik's Sefer ha'aggadah: Triumph or Tragedy?" His major academic works include George Eliot and the Novel of Vocation (Harvard University Press, 1977) and Hurban: Responses to Catastrophe in Hebrew Literature (Columbia University Press, 1985), which explores how the Jewish literary imagination has dealt with successive calamities from the destruction of the Temples to the Holocaust, and Banished From Their Father's Table: Loss of Faith and Hebrew Autobiography (Indiana University Press, 1988), which examines the inner world of intellectuals coming of age in eastern Europe during a period of collapsing religious faith. Dr. Mintz is editor, with Anne Golumb Hoffman, of A Book that Was Lost and Other Stories by S. Y. Agnon (Schocken Books, 1995). He is the editor of Hebrew in America: Perspectives and Prospects (Wayne State University Press, 1993) and The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction (Brandeis University Press, 1997).

Dr. Mintz was the founder of Response magazine, which he edited from 1967 through 1970. In 1981, Dr. Mintz cofounded PROOFTEXTS: A Journal of Jewish Literary History with JTS professor of Jewish Literature David Roskies. After 25 years of publication, the editorship of the journal was passed on to Dr. Jeremy Dauber (Columbia University) and JTS's own professor of Hebrew Literature, Barbara Mann. The editorial offices of PROOFTEXTS remain at JTS, which aids in the publication of the journal.

Dr. Mintz directs the Ivriyon Program, a summer Hebrew-immersion program for day school teachers. He is also overseeing the implementation of the Hebrew Fellows Program at JTS.

Published Works:

Books

Reading Hebrew Literature (Brandeis University Press / University Press of New England, 2002), Ed.

Popular Culture and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in America (University of Washington Press, 2001)

Translating Israel: The Reception of Hebrew Literature in America (Syracuse University Press, 2001)

Banished from Their Father's Table: Loss of Faith and Hebrew Autobiography (Indiana University Press, 1988)

Hurban: Responses to Catastrophe in Hebrew Literature (Columbia University Press, 1985)

George Eliot and the Novel of Vocation (Harvard University Press, 1977)

Essays

"In the Seas of Youth: On Agnon's Bilvav yamim"

"Knocking on Heaven's Gate: Hebrew Literature and Wisse's Canon"

"Bialik's Sefer ha'aggadah: Triumph or Tragedy?"

More Information

Title: Professor, Jewish Literature
Department: Faculty
Building/Room: Unterberg 507
Phone: 678-8879
Ext: 8879
Email: almintz@jtsa.edu