Love and Monsters: gender, Autonomy and Desire in Modern Golem Literature
AbstractThis chapter traces the development of the figure of the golem from its early appear- ance in Jewish text to its presentation in modern literature, as a test case for the bound- aries between human and non-human. Unlike the rabbinic literature in which the golem first appears and attracts questions of legal ramifications, modern literature in- vestigates questions of emotion and eros. In the literary treatments reviewed, the golem is narratively acknowledged as an autonomous being when it exhibits the ca- pacity for emotional attachment and agency.
CitationVincent, A. (2020). Love and Monsters: gender, Autonomy and Desire in Modern Golem Literature. In Byrne & Schleicher, (eds.), Entanglements and Weavings: Diffractive Approaches to Gender and Love (pp. 159-174). Leiden: Brill.
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