Not One of Them in Place: Modern Poetry and Jewish American Identity

Not One of Them in Place: Modern Poetry and Jewish American Identity

by Norman Finkelstein
     
 

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ISBN-10: 079144984X

ISBN-13: 9780791449844

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores the ways in which Jewish American poetry engages persistent questions of modern Jewish identity.

Not One of Them in Place is the first book to examine the ways in which Jewish belief, thought, and culture have been shaped and articulated in modern American poetry. Based on the idea that recent American poetry has gravitated between two

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Explores the ways in which Jewish American poetry engages persistent questions of modern Jewish identity.

Not One of Them in Place is the first book to examine the ways in which Jewish belief, thought, and culture have been shaped and articulated in modern American poetry. Based on the idea that recent American poetry has gravitated between two traditions—romantic and symbolist on the one hand, modernist and objectivist on the other—Norman Finkelstein provides a theoretical framework for reading the Jewish-American canon, as well as close readings of well known and less established poets, including Allen Ginsberg, Charles Reznikoff, Louis Zukofsky, Harvey Shapiro, Armand Schwerner, Hugh Seidman, and Michael Heller. Not One of Them in Place presents this poetry in a clear and nuanced style, paying equal attention to its historical and its aesthetic dimensions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791449844
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction
The Traditions of Jewish American Poetry

1. Tradition and Modernity: Charles Reznikoff and the Test of (Jewish) Poetry

2. Jewish American Modernism and the Problem of Identity
With Special Reference to the Work of Louis Zukofsky

3. Allen Grossman's Theophoric Poetics

4. Between Poland and Sumer: The Ethnopoetics of Jerome Rothenberg and Armand Schwerner

5. Objectivist Continuities: Harvey Shapiro, Michael Heller, Hugh Seidman

Afterword
Saying Kaddish: Holiness, Death, and the Jewish Difference in Poetry

Works Cited

Index

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