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Jewish Gangsters of Modern Literature
     

Jewish Gangsters of Modern Literature

by Rachel Rubin
 
In this vividly written study, Rachel Rubin posits the Jewish literary gangster -- a figure whose violence, transgressiveness, and ongoing internal conflict render him an important symbol of modernity -- as a locus for exploring questions of artistic power in the interwar years. Focusing specifically on the Russian writer Isaac Babel and Americans Mike Gold, Samuel

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In this vividly written study, Rachel Rubin posits the Jewish literary gangster -- a figure whose violence, transgressiveness, and ongoing internal conflict render him an important symbol of modernity -- as a locus for exploring questions of artistic power in the interwar years. Focusing specifically on the Russian writer Isaac Babel and Americans Mike Gold, Samuel Ornitz, and Daniel Fuchs, but also taking in cartoons, movies, and modernist paintings, Rubin casts the Jewish gangster as a favorite figure used by left-wing Jewish writers to examine their own place in world history.

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Hyam Maccoby
Writers who employed th image of the Jewish gangster did so in different ways. But Rachel Rubin has extracted from them an interesting chapter in the history of Jewish adaptation to modernity.
Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252025396
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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