Hannah Arendt Center Conferences
[A Poetic Mythology for an Age of Anger?The Furious Construction of Subjectivity in 13th-Century Kabbalah]

Religion Program, Jewish Studies Program, and Hannah Arendt Center present:

A Poetic Mythology for an Age of Anger?
The Furious Construction of Subjectivity in 13th-Century Kabbalah

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Olin, Room 102
4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Dr. Nathaniel Berman
Rahel Varnhagen Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Modern Culture, Brown University

This event occurred on:  Tue. November 27, 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm

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. 
Dr. Samantha Hill (Political Studies, Hannah Arendt Center) will be responding to the paper.