The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud

The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud

by Evelyn Avery
     
 

The son of Russian Jewish parents, American fiction writer Bernard Malamud wrote of the experiences of people from various ethnic communities in a humanist voice that expressed the universal. The volume begins with remembrances by people who knew Malamud, including his son, Paul. Other contributions from scholars and fiction writers discuss such topics as… See more details below

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The son of Russian Jewish parents, American fiction writer Bernard Malamud wrote of the experiences of people from various ethnic communities in a humanist voice that expressed the universal. The volume begins with remembrances by people who knew Malamud, including his son, Paul. Other contributions from scholars and fiction writers discuss such topics as transmogrified Yiddish archetypes in Malamud's fiction and Zen Buddhism in The Assistant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791450659
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Evelyn Avery is Professor of English and Coordinator of Jewish Studies at Towson University. She is the author of Rebels and Victims: The Fiction of Richard Wright and Bernard Malamud.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
IThe Author
Ch. 1Malamud in Corvallis: Memories of Dad3
Ch. 2Recollecting Bernie: Colleagues at Oregon State, Interviewed13
Ch. 3Remembrances: Bernard Malamud25
Ch. 4Malamud: Seen and Unseen29
Ch. 5On The Magic Barrel35
Ch. 6The Rhythms of Friendship in the Life of Art: The Correspondence of Bernard Malamud and Rosemarie Beck43
IIIndividual Works
Ch. 7America and the History of the Jews in Bernard Malamud's "The Last Mohican"59
Ch. 8Zen Buddhism and The Assistant: A Grocery as a Training Monastery69
Ch. 9Malamud's New [Academic] Life - and Ours87
Ch. 10The Lives of Dubin101
Ch. 11Gorilla in the Myth: Malamud's God's Grace111
IIIThematic Threads: Patterns in Malamud's Fiction
Ch. 12Reflections on Transmogrified Yiddish Archetypes in Fiction by Bernard Malamud123
Ch. 13Not True Although Truth: The Holocaust's Legacy in Three Malamud Stories: "The German Refugee," "Man in the Drawer," and "The Lady of the Lake"139
Ch. 14Bernard and Juliet: Romances and Desire in Malamud's High Art153
Ch. 15Bernard Malamud and Cynthia Ozick: Kindred Neshamas161
Ch. 16Bernard Malamud and His Universal Menschen167
Ch. 17A Kind of Vigilance: Tropic Suspension in Bernard Malamud's Fiction175
IVAnnotated Select Bibliography
Eileen H. Watts189
Contributors List209
Index213

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