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Contemporary Jewish American Writers And The Multicultural Dilemma

Author: Andrew Furman
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815628460
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Furman explores the ambivalent relationship between multiculturalists and contemporary Jewish American literature and advocates a more inclusive and intellectually valid form than is currently practiced. He also offers a historical overview of Jewish American fiction to situate the contemporary writers in the continuum of Jewish American literary history. Engaging and accessible, Furman's work -- the most comprehensive book of its kind -- invokes the current themes and concerns of this generation: the viability of adopting an Orthodox or Hasidic life amid a secular America, a renewed interest in the vibrant Yiddish world of pre-Holocaust Europe, Israel, Jewish Feminism, and the Holocaust as perceived by the children of survivors. These themes have replaced the those of alienation and marginality, which have preoccupied the novelists of the golden age of Jewish American writing.

Jewish American And Holocaust Literature

Author: Alan L. Berger
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791484440
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Deepens and enriches our understanding of the Jewish literary tradition and the implications of the Shoah. Challenging the notion that Jewish American and Holocaust literature have exhausted their limits, this volume reexamines these closely linked traditions in light of recent postmodern theory. Composed against the tumultuous background of great cultural transition and unprecedented state-sponsored systematic murder, Jewish American and Holocaust literature both address the concerns of postmodern human existence in extremis. In addition to exploring how various mythic and literary themes are deconstructed in the lurid light of Auschwitz, this book provides critical reassessments of Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, as well as contemporary Jewish American writers who are extending this vibrant tradition into the new millennium. These essays deepen and enrich our understanding of the Jewish literary tradition and the implications of the Shoah.

Holocaust Impiety In Jewish American Literature

Author: Joost Krijnen
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004316078
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This book is concerned with the “impious” Holocaust fictions of four contemporary Jewish American novelists. It argues that their work should not be seen as insensitive, but rather as explorations of various forms of renewal.

American Talmud

Author: Ezra Cappell
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791471233
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Looks at the role of Jewish American fiction in the larger context of American culture.

A Comparison Of Selected Contemporary Jewish American Prose By Allen Hoffman

Author: Andreas Nauhardt
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640468201
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Essay from the year 2009 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1, Martin Luther University (Institut fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik), course: Hauptseminar 'Contemporary Jewish American Writers', language: English, abstract: About twenty years ago Bonnie K. Lyons suggested that every writer, regardless of which cultural origin, writes out of a culture serving as the battlefield of conflicting visions and values. Eventually, the writer may either embrace or attack his cultural heritage. At a first glance it seems to be indefinite where to pigeonhole the abstract above regarding to Lyons'ndistinction but after opening oneself to the tales of the reviewed contemporary Jewish American writer the classification becomes definite. Taken from one of his short stories, the excerpt gives a brief glimpse into the authentic, exhilarant writing of Allen Hoffman. Truly refreshing characters who argue about things of mundane and devout significance as well as the usage of partially genuine parallels to the autho himself determine Hoffman's prose which has sustainable effects on readers. He covers Jews, Jewish values, and idiosyncratic Jewish topics as actually urgent and particular characteristics of Jewish American prose. Although his literature comprises humorous and ironic valuations the respect and appreciation for the Jewish culture in times of clashes between tradition and renewal never gets lost."

College Bound

Author: Dan Shiffman
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438467249
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Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success. Jewish American immigrants and their children have been stereotyped as exceptional educational achievers, with attendance at prestigious universities leading directly to professional success. In College Bound, Dan Shiffman uses literary accounts to show that American Jews’ relationship with education was in fact far more complex. Jews expected book learning to bring personal fulfillment and self-transformation, but the reality of public schools and universities often fell short. Shiffman examines a wide range of novels and autobiographies by first- and second-generation writers, including Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, Elizabeth Gertrude Stern, Ludwig Lewisohn, Marcus Eli Ravage, Lionel Trilling, and Leo Rosten. Their visions of learning as a process of critical questioning—enlivening the mind, interrogating cultural standards, and confronting social injustices—present a valuable challenge to today’s emphasis on narrowly measurable outcomes of student achievement. “This is a rich, well-researched, and compelling study that displays a mastery of its authors and texts, as well as the relevant scholarly studies. It presents its findings in fluent, readable prose.” — Eric Sundquist, Johns Hopkins University “Shiffman makes an important and timely contribution to the field of American Jewish studies, especially involving the place of education at the turn of the twentieth century and into the war years.” — Victoria Aarons, Trinity University

Liebe Und Scham Und Liebe

Author: Peter Orner
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446246851
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Wieso verlieben sich die Poppers immer in schöne, starke Frauen, die ihre Liebe nicht erwidern? Drei Generationen einer jüdischen Familie, die sich für besonders aufgeklärt hält, und doch nicht gefeit ist gegen Fluch und Segen familiärer Liebe. Alexanders Großmutter Berenice wäre lieber Tänzerin geworden, statt nur Gattin des sentimentalen Seymour. Seine Mutter flieht mit Kind und Kegel aus dem Wohlstandsgefängnis eines kalten Mannes. Alexander selbst wird mit Mitte vierzig Vater und schafft es nicht einmal, eine wilde Ehe zu führen. Mit großer Intensität und Komik entfaltet Peter Orner das Porträt einer Familie im Amerika des 20. Jahrhunderts, deren Figuren immerfort schwanken zwischen Liebe und Scham und Liebe.

American Writers

Author: Elizabeth H. Oakes
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438108095
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"American Writers focuses on the rich diversity of American novelists