Jewish-American Literature Since 1945

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Stephen Wade offers a guide to major writers, their key works, and influential background factors including the postmodern, the master-narrative and metafiction. The themes, issues, and philosophies of writers including Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and Isaac Bashevis Singer are inter-related and wider literary and historical topics are alluded to and explained. Covering women's writing, novels, poetry, and drama, the author offers an informative and highly readable guide to the achievements of a key group of writers...

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Overview

Stephen Wade offers a guide to major writers, their key works, and influential background factors including the postmodern, the master-narrative and metafiction. The themes, issues, and philosophies of writers including Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, and Isaac Bashevis Singer are inter-related and wider literary and historical topics are alluded to and explained. Covering women's writing, novels, poetry, and drama, the author offers an informative and highly readable guide to the achievements of a key group of writers in twentieth-century American literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853312267
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2001
  • Series: BAAS Paperbacks Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Wade is senior lecturer in English at the University of Huddersfield.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Persistent Themes and Questions 1
1 The Historical and Literary Foundations: Pre-1945 19
2 Seminal Influences: Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska and Henry Roth 31
3 Jewish-American Themes in Fiction I: Bellow, Malamud, Roth and Identity Crises 52
4 Jewish-American Themes in Fiction II: Erica Jong, Grace Paley and Tillie Olson 73
5 Explorations in Drama: From Arthur Miller to Tony Kushner 92
6 Poetry across the Generations: Duality to Assimilation 111
7 The Mediation of Jewishness in Cultural Texts: Cynthia Ozick, Leslie Fiedler, Paul Auster and Woody Allen 130
8 Relocating Moralism in Jewish America: Past and Present in Chaim Potok and the later Saul Bellow 149
9 New Directions across the Generations: From Philip Roth to Cynthia Ozick 167
10 Conclusion: A Renaissance or Revisionism? 184
Glossary of Yiddish Terms 197
Select Bibliography 199
Index 211
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