Modern Jewish Women Writers in America / Edition 1

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After forty years of feminism, views of the traditional Jewish family, religion, and gender roles have changed. In the process a new literature has been created, new paradigms born, and many Jewish women writers have been reevaluated, reclaimed, and renamed, with their Jewish heritage often overlooked or misinterpreted. Modern Jewish Women Writers in America includes groundbreaking essays and interviews with scholars and authors who reveal that despite pressures of assimilation, personal goals, and in some cases, anti-Semitism, they have never been able to divorce their lives or literature from being Jewish.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This beautifully written collection offers a welcome overview of Jewish women writers and their heritage."--Elaine B. Safer, Professor of English, University of Delaware

"The articles in this collection are superb and well situated with a splendid and original introduction by Avery. This is a strong contribution to the fields of Jewish Literature, Jewish American literature, women's studies and Jewish women's literature."--Dan Walden, Professor Emeritus of American Studies, English and Comp.Lit., Penn State University; Editor, Studies in American Jewish Literature

"The scholars assembled in this collection are all cogent, effective writers. It was a pleasure to read this volume since the contributors understand the direction that much of Jewish-American literature is taking--namely, to a deeper understanding of Jewish history, to Jewish languages (mainly Hebrew), to tradition in general, and to Jewish observance in particular."--Sanford Pinsker, Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Franklin and Marshall College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403978042
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,541,684
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Evelyn Avery, Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies at Towson University, has published Rebels and Victims: The Fiction of Richard Wright and Bernard Malamud, The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud, and many articles on Jewish American women writers. She is an Associate Editor of Modern Jewish Studies and on the editorial board of Studies in American Jewish Literature.

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE EARLY YEARS - IN SEARCH OF THE PROMISED LAND: 1910-1950s * Re-Thinking Mary Antin and The Promised Land--Jules Chametzky * Anzia Yezierska: Between Two Worlds; Bound to the Old, Longing for the New--Evelyn Avery * Edna Ferber, Jewish American Writer: Who Knew?--Eileen Watts * PART II:THE ROADS DIVERGE - ASSIMILATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS: 1960s-1990s * "My Own Design": Finding Identity in Anne Roiphe's Writing--Melanie Levinson * Johanna Kaplan: The Author and Her Fiction--Nahma Sandrow and Carol Iannone
• Norma Rosen's Jewish Journey--Anne Shapiro
PART III: THE COVENANT CONFIRMED?: 1990s-2000 * Cynthia Ozick's Puttermesser Papers: From Whimsy to Wisdom--Sarah Blacher Cohen
• Rebecca Goldstein: Tension and Ambivalence--Anna P. Ronell * Dancing Before the Bride: An Autobiography--Miriyam Glazer
• Fantasies of Change in Allegra Goodman's Fiction--Victoria Aarons * PART IV: INTRO INTO THE 21ST CENTURY: THE PENDULUM SWINGS * In Hitler's Embrace: "Love" between Jews and Germans in Binnie Kirschenbaum's Fiction--Susanne Klingenstein
• "Writing Between Worlds"--Tova Mirvis
• Across the Generations: A Conversation--Evelyn Avery & Tova Mirvis
• Annotated Select Bibliography, Jewish American Women Authors--Eileen Watts

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