Crisis and Covenant: The Holocaust in American Jewish Fiction

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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

Conclusion

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

Conclusion

5. Holocaust Responses III: Symbolic Judaism

Considering the Evidence

Philip Roth

Richard Elman

Edward Lewis Wallant

Norma Rosen

Bernard Malamud

Conclusion

6. Holocaust and Covenant

The Central Question for Contemporary Judaism

Holocaust Fiction Lato Sensu

Problems and Possibilities

Notes

Index

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