Crisis and Covenant: The Holocaust in American Jewish Fiction

Crisis and Covenant: The Holocaust in American Jewish Fiction

by Alan L. Berger

ISBN-10: 0887060854

ISBN-13: 9780887060854

Pub. Date: 10/28/1985

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Product Details

State University of New York Press
Publication date:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Jewish Existence

Covenant Transformations

Covenant and Modernity

The Contemporary Covenantal Crisis

Literary Response to Covenant Crisis

American Judaism and the Holocaust

Contributions of American Jewish Holocaust Novelists

2. Holocaust as Watershed

Holocaust Problematics

Theological Responses

Theology and Literature

Is the Holocaust Beyond Artistic Expression?

Who Should Write of the Holocaust?

Trivializing the Holocaust

American Jewish Writers and the Holocaust: A Critique

The Role of the American Jewish Novelist

3. Holocaust Responses I: Judaism as a Religious Value System

The Holocaust and American Diaspora Jewry

Hasidic Tales

Considering the Evidence

Arthur A. Cohen

Cynthia Ozick

Hugh Nissenson

Elie Wiesel

Isaac B. Singer


4. Holocaust Responses II: Judaism as a Secular Value System

Considering the Evidence

Bernard Malamud

Saul Bellow

Susan F. Schaeffer

Cynthia Ozick

Pre-Holocaust America: Jewish Existence and Covenant Diminishment

Hugh Nissenson

Robert Kotlowitz


5. Holocaust Responses III: Symbolic Judaism

Considering the Evidence

Philip Roth

Richard Elman

Edward Lewis Wallant

Norma Rosen

Bernard Malamud


6. Holocaust and Covenant

The Central Question for Contemporary Judaism

Holocaust Fiction Lato Sensu

Problems and Possibilities



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