Abraham Joshua Heschel. Thomas Merton. French romanticism. Michelet. Hugo. Modern French poetry and theory. Baudelaire. Jabes. Bonnefoy. Religion and literature. Translation.
Professor Kaplan is particularly interested in the relationship between esthetic, ethical, and religious experience in literature and the lives and writings of religious activists and thinkers
In addition to books on French authors Michelet and Baudelaire, he has published the first intellectual and cultural biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel which won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies.
Columbia University, Ph.D.
Columbia University, M.A.
Brown University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
April-May 2012: Pontifical Gregorian University, Cardinal Bea Institute, Rome, Italy. Visiting Professor (2012)
National Jewish Book Award for American Jewish Studies, Spiritual Radical (Yale UP, 2007), March 2008 (2008)
Coolidge Research Seminar Fellow, Institution for Religion and Public Life, New York City (2001)
Grants from Lucius N. Littauer Foundation (2000)
Finalist, National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Scholarship (Abraham Joshua Heschel) (1998)
Grants from Lucius N. Littauer Foundation (1998)
Choice Outstanding Academic Book (The Parisian Prowler) (1992)
Grants from Lucius N. Littauer Foundation (1992)
Lewis Galantiere Prize, American Translators Association (The Parisian Prowler) (1990)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1985 - 1986)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1974 - 1975)
Collins Premium Prize for Excellence in French (1964)
|FREN||113a||Great French Novels|
|FREN||114b||Quest for the Absolute|
|FREN||135a||Rebellion Against Romanticism|
|FREN||143a||Existentialism: Identity and Commitment|
|FREN||145a||Baudelaire et son monde: Evil, Beauty, Finitude|
|FREN||147a||Jewish Identities in France since 1945|
|FYS||15a||Journeys to Enlightenment|
|FYS||49a||JustBooks: Justice, Truth, Enlightenment|
|NEJS||153b||Abraham Joshua Heschel: Spirituality and Action|
|REL||121a||Mysticism and the Moral Life|