Adam Zachary Newton


getphoto-1.aspxAdam Zachary Newton is University Professor and the Ronald P. Stanton Chair in Literature and Humanities at Yeshiva University. He did his graduate work in literary studies and philosophy at Harvard University, focusing on the novel in various national traditions, theory and criticism, hermeneutics, and philosophy of language. His research interests cluster under the general rubric of the ethics of reading; his work in Jewish Studies engages Jewish literatures and thought in several constellations. He previously taught from 1992 to 2007 at the University of Texas at Austin where he was the Blumberg Centennial Professor and directed the Jewish Studies program (since expanded to the Shusterman Center for JS). He has held visiting appointments at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Institute de Monde Anglophone, Université Paris III, and the at Tam Institute for Jewish Studies. He has published five books across a range of fields, the most recent of which is To Make the Hand Impure: Art, Ethical Adventure, the Difficult and the Holy (Fordham University Press, 2014). Currently, he is at work on a follow-up project tentatively entitled Jewish Studies as Counterlife: A Manifesto for Academic Humanities.

 Adam Zachary Newton on MRB

“Beneficent Incision”: Midrash and the Contemporary Critical Moment. On Dina Stein’s Textual Mirrors: Reflexivity, Midrash, and the Rabbinic Self.