Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction by Miriam Sivan | 9781438425054 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction

Belonging Too Well: Portraits of Identity in Cynthia Ozick's Fiction

by Miriam Sivan
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438425058

ISBN-13: 9781438425054

Pub. Date: 03/05/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In Belonging too Well, Miriam Sivan draws on contemporary literary theory as well as traditional Jewish texts and culture to explore the question of identity in Cynthia Click's fiction. Many critics have pointed to a split in Ozick's work between Judaic and secular culture and values. Sivan suggests, however, that Ozick never settles for a simple either/or

Overview

In Belonging too Well, Miriam Sivan draws on contemporary literary theory as well as traditional Jewish texts and culture to explore the question of identity in Cynthia Click's fiction. Many critics have pointed to a split in Ozick's work between Judaic and secular culture and values. Sivan suggests, however, that Ozick never settles for a simple either/or dichotomy between traditional Judaism and secular American culture, but that her protagonists instead fashion new means of living genuinely Jewish lives within the American Diaspora. Often they struggle not with not belonging to either the Old or the New Worlds, but of belonging too well to both. Part of a recent trend toward analyzing Jewish American literature in the context of a deep encounter with and understanding of Judaism and traditional Jewish texts, Sivan's study enables readers of Ozick's fiction to penetrate the complex webs she creates among cultures, time periods, and characters, some quite sober, others fantastic, all unusual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438425054
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Mishkan: The Ungraven Image 11

2 Golem: The Seeker and the Sought 37

3 Shekhinah: The Whole and Holy Mother 75

4 Etz HaSadeh: Reconciliation with Nature 109

5 Shoah: Words in Spite of Themselves 139

Afterword 169

Notes 173

Bibliography 215

Index 229

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