Shiffman Humanities Center, 205
DegreesColumbia University, Ph.D.
Columbia University, M.A.
Brown University, B.A.
ExpertiseI have scholarly expertise in French Romanticism and modern French poetry and theory and authors such as Jules Michelet, Hugo, Baudelaire, Gaston Bachelard, Edmond Jabes, Yves Bonnefoy; and twentieth-century religious writers Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Thomas Merton, and Howard Thurman. I am especially interested in the relationship of the esthetic, the ethical, and the religious dimensions of human experience. I lecture on these authors and I have especially increased my interfaith approach. I also do literary translation (Michelet and Baudelaire).
ProfileProfessor Edward K. Kaplan is particularly interested in the relationship between the esthetic, the ethical, and the religious dimensions of literature and human experience. He has published widely and lectured on French literature and the lives and writings of religious activists and thinkers such as Abraham Joshua Heschel, Thomas Merton, and Howard Thurman. His translation of Baudelaire's prose poems, "The Parisian Prowler," won a national award, and he has published the first intellectual and cultural biography of Abraham Joshua Heschel which won the National Jewish Book Award. Webpage
|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|
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)
Kaplan, Edward K. "Report from Missisippi, Primary Documents." Southern Jewish History x. x (2014): x. (forthcoming)
Kaplan, Edward K. "Paroles de presence: Bonnefoy et Kierkegaard." Hommage a Yves Bonnefoy. Ed. Patrick Werley , Michelle Finck. Strasbpourg, France: Presses universitaires de Strasbourg, 2014
Kaplan, Edward K. "Review of." Rev. of Le Nombre et la sirene. Un dechiffrage du "Coup de des" de Mallarme, by Quentin Meillassoux. Nineteenth-Century French Studies vol. x 2014: xx.
Kaplan, Edward K. Jules Michelet's 1869 Preface to History of France. Trans. Edward K. Kaplan. Open Books on-line, 2014.
.Kaplan, Edward K. "Baudelaire through Kierkegaard: Art, Fallibility, and Faith." Thinking Poetry: Philosophical Approaches to Ninetenth-Century French Poetry. Ed. Joseph Acquisto. New York, London: Palgrave Macmilan, 2013. 10-24.
Kaplan, Edward K, ed. "Heschel priait avec ses jambes". Paris: France, September-August 2012 2013.
Kaplan, Edward K. "review of." Rev. of Urban Confrontations in Literature and Social Science, by Edward J. Ahearn. on-line blog, Claudia Moscovici 2010
Kaplan, Edward K. Gaston Bachelard's Philosophy of Imagination. 1972; 2012. Buffalo NY, Naples, Italy: sceienxaefilosofia.it, 2013.
Kaplan, Edward K. ""Seeds of Sorrow: Thomas Merton's Fiftieth Birthday Journal,"." Spiritus, A Journal of Christian Spirituality; 12.2. 2 (2012): 278-287.
Kaplan, Edward K. Translation of "Fanfarlo" by Charles Baudelaire. Trans. Edward K. Kaplan. Brooklyn NY: Melleville House Publishers, 2012.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Personne. Roman." Rev. of Personne. Roman, by Gwenaelle Aubry. The French Review vol. 84.3 (February 2011) February 2011: 605-606.
Kaplan, Edward K. "The Open Tent: Angels and Strangers." Hosting the Stranger: Between Religions. Ed. Richard Kearney and James Taylor. New York: Continuum, 2011. 67-72.
Kaplan, Edward K. "review." Rev. of The Art of Procrastination. Baudelaire's Poetry in Prose, by Cheryl Leah Krueger. Romanic Review vol. 100 (November 2009) [late]: 567-569.
Kaplan, Edward K. "translation of Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris." Rev. of translation of Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris, by Keith Waldrop. Nineteenth-Century French Studies vol. 38.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2010): 296-97.
Kaplan, Edward K.. "Review of." Rev. of Envisager Dieu avec Edmond Jabes (Paris: Cerf, 2007), by Natalie Debrauwere-Miller. Romanische Forschungen (2011) vol. 123 2011: 99-101.
introduction to Howard Thurman on Love. Kaplan, Edward K. One Life Institute, 2010.
Kaplan, Edward K, Authoritative text, Introduction, notes, French-English glossary. Classroom edition of Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal.. December 2010 ed. Delaware: European Masterpieces, 2010.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Memory, Metaphors, and Meaning. Reading Literary Texts." Rev. of Memory, Metaphors, and Meaning. Reading Literary Texts, by Nicolae Babuts. Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures vol. 64.4 (October 2010) 2010: 290-292.
Kaplan, Edward K. "“A Jewish Dialogue with Howard Thurman: Mysticism, Compassion, and Community”." CrossCurrents December 2010 (2010): 515-525.
Kaplan, Edward K. "“Healing Wounds: Reflections on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interfaith Partnership in Poland”." Traversing the Heart. Journeys of Inter-religious Imagination. Studies in Religion and the Arts 2. (2010): 425-432.
Kaplan, Edward K, and Shaul Magid, special issue of Modern Judaism, 29,1 (February 2009): 1-160., ed. Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Centenary Conference [at Brandeis University]. Oxford University Press, 29,1 2009.
Kaplan, Edward K. "“‘Seeking God’s Will Together’: Heschel’s Depth Theology as Common Ground,”." Abraham Joshua Heschel. Philosophy, Theology, and Interreligious Dialogue. Ed. Stanislaw Krajewski and Adam Lipszyc, eds.,. Wiesbaden, Germany: . Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009. . Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009: 188-95..
Kaplan, Edward K. Abraham Heschel, Un prophete pour notre temps. Paris, France: Albin Michel, 2009.
Kaplan, Edward K. Baudelaire's Prose Poems:The Esthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious in "The Parisian Prowler" (orig. 1990). new paperback edition ed. Athens , Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2009.
Kaplan, Edward K. La Santita nelle Parole. Abraham Joshua Heschel: Poetica, Devozione, Azione. Italian translation of Holiness in Words ed. Naples, Italy: Giannini Edtiore, 2009.
Kaplan, Edward K. Spiritual Radical. Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972 (orig. 2007). second printing, paperback edition ed. 2009.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Coming to America, 1940-41." Modern Judaism 27. (2008): 129-47.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Edmond Jabes et le renouveau du religieux." Edmond Jabes: L'eclosion des enigmes. 1 ed. vol. 1 Ed. Daniel Lancon & Catherine Mayeux. Paris: Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2008. 133-43.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Healing Wounds: Reflections on Abraham Joshua Heschel and Interfaith Partnership in Poland." Religion and the Arts. Journal from Boston College 12-1-3. (2008): 411-19.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Heschel and the Vietnam War." Tikkun. Politics, Spirituality, Culture July/August 2007: 14-16, 68.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Heschel on Vietnam: Protest and Political Action." Tikkun September/October 2007: 15-16,70.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Incarcerated Prophets: Crisis Letters of Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King, Jr.." The Merton Seasonal 33,2. Summer 2008 (2008): 22-26.
Kaplan, Edward K (with Samuel Dresner). Abraham Joshua Heschel, Prophetic Witness. London, New Haven: Yale University Press, orig. 1998; paperback edition, Feb. 2007, 2007.
Kaplan, Edward K. ""Nature"." L'Esprit Createur (special issue on Jules Michelet, French historian) 46. 3 (2007): 105-108.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Heschel, Prophetic Activist." Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism Winter 2007: 18-21,61.
Kaplan, Edward K. "Spiritual Radical." The Social Edge on-line journal. o (2007): on-line <o>.
Kaplan, Edward K. "essay on Heschel, Man Is Not Alone." Shofar. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 46. 1 (2007): 190-93.
Kaplan, Edward K. "review of Cahiers Gaston Bachelard." Modern and Contemporary France (England) vol. 14 (2006): 390-91.
Kaplan, Edward K. Spiritual Radical. Abraham Joshua Heschel in America, 1940-1972.. 1 ed. London, New Haven: Yale University press, 2007.
Kaplan,Edward K. "''A Humanly Impoverished Thirst of Light': Thomas Merton's Receptivity to the Feminine, to Judaism, and to Religious Pluralism,." The Merton Annual Studies in Culture, Spirituality, and Social Concerns 17 (2004): 137-52.
Kaplan,Edward K. "Introduction." Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Ineffable Name of God: Man (translation of Heschel's Yiddish poems). Ed. Morton Leifman. New York, London: Continuum Publishers, 2004. 7-18.
Kaplan,Edward K. "Revelation and Commitment: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Situational Philosophy." Filosofia e critica della filosofia nel pensiero ebraico. Ed. ed. P.Amodio, G. Giannani, G. Lissa. (Acts of International Colloquium at University of Naples, 25-27 February 2002, 2004
Kaplan,Edward K., with Samuel H. Dresner,. Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophetic Witness. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998.
Kaplan,Edward K, 2nd ed. w/ new preface. The Parisian Prowler, translation of Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris. Petits Poémes en Prose.. Athens and London: The University of Georgia Press, 1997.
Kaplan,Edward K. Holiness in Words: Abraham Joshua Heschel's Poetics of Piety. Albany: State University of New York Press (Judaic, 1996.
Kaplan,Edward K. La Sainteté en paroles. Abraham Heschel, piété, poétique, action (French translation of Holiness in Words). Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, 1996.
Kaplan,Edward K. Baudelaire's Prose Poems: The Esthetic, The Ethical, and the Religious in The Parisian Prowler. Athens and London: The University of Georgia Press, 1990.
Kaplan,Edward K, L Oiseau and L Insecte. Critical editions of Michelet. Paris:: Flammarion, 1986.
Kaplan,Edward K. Mother Death: The Journal of Jules Michelet, 1815-1850. Amherst:: University of Massachusetts Press, 1984.
Kaplan,Edward K. Michelet's Poetic Vision: A Romantic Philosophy of Nature, Man, and Woman. Amherst:: University of Massachusetts Press, 1977.