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Jewish Americans produced some of the most important writing in the U.S. in the twentieth century. This Companion addresses the distinctive Jewish American contribution to American literary criticism, poetry and popular culture. It establishes the broadest possible context for the discussion of Jewish American identity as it intersects with the corpus of American literature. Featuring a chronology and guide to further reading, the volume is valuable to scholars and students alike.
Introduction Hana Wirth-Nesher and Michael P. Kramer; 1. Beginnings and ends: the origins of Jewish American literary history Michael P. Kramer; 2. Imagining Judaism in America Susannah Heschel; 3. The East European immigrants Priscilla Wald; 4. Coney Island, USA: America in the Yiddish literary imagination David G. Roskies; 5. Hebrew literature in America Alan Mintz; 6. Multilingual Jewish American writing Hana Wirth-Nesher; 7. Jewish American popular culture Donald Weber; 8. Jewish American poetry Maeera Shreiber; 9. Jewish American writers on the left Alan Wald; 10. Jewish American Renaissance Ruth R. Wisse; 11. The Holocaust and the Jewish American imagination Emily Miller Budick; 12. Jewish American women writers and the race question Susan Gubar; 13. Contemporary literary theory and Jewish American poetics Shira Wolosky; 14. Identity matters: contemporary Jewish American writing Tresa Grauer.