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Kaplan, Leonard V. "Will Eisner: Master of graphic wisdom." Comics and Sacred Texts. Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives. Eds. Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2018. 269–80. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv7vcsv2.19
BibTeX citation key: Kaplan2018
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Keywords: "A Contract with God", Eisner. Will, Judaism, Religion, USA
Creators: Gamzou, Kaplan, Koltun-Fromm
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and Sacred Texts. Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives
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This essay explores Will Eisner’s work in A Contract with God (1978). The book, emanating from pre-biblical wisdom, is paradigmatic for its harsh warning about human expectations. In it, Eisner created parables and midrash, literary criticism and political commentary, to capture moments that reveal a culture to itself. This emerging paradigm, the essay argues, is a new form of Jewish wisdom. The essay reads Eisner’s work both through the work of Isaiah Berlin, but also as a Midrash on the book of Job. In utilizing Berlin’s political thought, along with the foundation of the biblical tale, one can discern Eisner’s vision of transformative, messianic politics, that lie in the vicissitudes and battles of the everyday.
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