Journal Article

Framing Questions: Cynthia Ozick's ‘Shots’

Miriam Sivan

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 51-64
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
Framing Questions: Cynthia Ozick's ‘Shots’

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The philosophical (and stern) divide between the Hellenic and Hebraic, especially in relation to aesthetics and ethics, is what critics of Cynthia Ozick's fiction so often focus on. Yet I will argue that in her short story, ‘Shots’, Cynthia Ozick's passion for the Judaic collective memory and moral consciousness has created a character whose principal life's work, the production of visual images, rejects such a facile exiling of beauty and visual aesthetics to the realm of the pagan. For this protagonist, a photographer, see herself as a creator who is not only not a mere maker of idols, a trafficker in vanity, but is rather a seeker, a critical eye, a woman attempting to understand the world both ethically and aesthetically through the interpretation of what she finds in her viewfinder.

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