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The figure of the barber has over the centuries been invested with symbolism. Humorous, tragic, dangerous, protective, barbers are objects of ultimate trust but also a possible threat. Who else could wield a razor so close to a man's throat with impunity? Rothman (English, University of Houston) illustrates the use of the personage of the barber in literature by and about Jews over the past three hundred years. Most of the entries are stories, or excerpts by authors such as Isaac Bashevis Singer and Yaqffa Eliach. There are also essays on the work of Woody Allen and Stephen Sondheim's musical version of Sweeney Todd. The work concludes with a photo gallery of barbers around the world. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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DR. ROTHMAN EARNED HIS PH.D. IN ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH. HE HAS BEEN TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SINCE 1967 AS PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH SPECIALIZING IN ENGLISH LITERATURE OF RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY.Review:
"Moving easily between the variety of genres included, [Rothman] is easily equally adept at treating fiction, poetry and cinema, at dealing with older works, modernism and post-modernism. He has put together a unique collection and it deserves to reach a larger audience." - Maximillian E. Novak Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature University of California at Los Angeles"
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Book Description Edwin Mellen Pr, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0773450726