Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Representation in the Postmodern World

Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Representation in the Postmodern World

by Alan L. Berger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791462102

ISBN-13: 2900791462101

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900791462101
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Hidden children : the literature of hiding13
2An eye on a scrap of the world : Ida Fink's hidden witnesses31
3Jerzy Kosinski : did he or didn't he?43
4By the light of darkness : six major European writers who experienced the Holocaust57
5Memory and collective identity : narrative strategies against forgetting in contemporary literary responses to the Holocaust77
6The rendition of memory in Cynthia Ozick's The shawl93
7A speck of dust blown by the wind across land and desert : images of the Holocaust in Lanzmann, Singer, and Appelfeld103
8Writing to break the frozen seas within : the power of fiction in the writings of Norma Rosen and Rebecca Goldstein115
9Art and atrocity in a post-9/11 world125
10Africanity and the collapse of American culture in the novels of Saul Bellow139
11The Jewish journey of Saul Bellow : from secular satirist to spiritual seeker157
12Philip Roth and Jewish American literature at the millennium167
13Malamud and Ozick : kindred Neshamas179
14Myth and addiction in Jonathan Rosen's Eve's apple185
15Evolving paradigms of Jewish women in twentieth-century American Jewish fiction : through a male lens/through a female lens201
16After the melting pot : Jewish women writers and the man in the wrong clothes223
17Restorying Jewish mothers235

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