The Frigid Option: A Psychocultural Study Of The Novel Love Life by Zeruya Shalev

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Why some books receive a warm and long-lasting embrace by readers while others get a cool reception is one of the mysteries of the literary world. The answer to this fascinating question varies from case to case. However, one can say with some caution that a book that is widely and enthusiastically received usually responds to a central psychocultural need of its time with an original, surprising, and accessible rendition of a familiar story. Love Life, by Zeruya Shalev, is an outstanding example of this psychocultural phenomenon, in that it examines anew two familiar stories.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory and Literature
Subtitle of host publicationNew Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band
EditorsWilliam Cutter , David C. Jacobson
Place of PublicationProvidence
PublisherBrown Judaic Studies
Number of pages10
Edition2 nd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781946527622, 9781946527165
ISBN (Print)9781946527615
StatePublished - May 2020

Publication series

NameBrown Judaic studies


  • Hebrew literature
  • Jews in literature
  • Jewish literature
  • Rabbinical literature
  • Zeruya Shalev
  • Love Life
  • psychocultural


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