Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers / Edition 1

Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers / Edition 1

by Sanford Sternlicht
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299204847

ISBN-13: 9780299204846

Pub. Date: 11/15/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Based on a course that includes a field trip to Manhattan's Lower East Side, Sternlight (English, Syracuse U.) traces the roots of modern Jewish American literature to this former Jewish ghetto. Mixing childhood memories with a social history of the 1882-1924 immigration period, the author describes many aspects of tenement life that inspired writers including Abraham…  See more details below

Overview

Based on a course that includes a field trip to Manhattan's Lower East Side, Sternlight (English, Syracuse U.) traces the roots of modern Jewish American literature to this former Jewish ghetto. Mixing childhood memories with a social history of the 1882-1924 immigration period, the author describes many aspects of tenement life that inspired writers including Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, and Henry Roth. He presents synopses of the lives and major works of 14 writers, and notes their cultural/literary legacy. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299204846
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Part 1The Lower East Side
Cultural History and Topography3
Where Did They Come From?3
Immigrant Life10
The Immigrant Woman and the Family14
Education17
Work21
The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire and the Rise of Labor Laws28
The Public Forum: Jewish Newspapers and Periodicals30
Reading32
Religion and Secularism34
Prostitution35
Other Types of Crime37
The Impact of Historical Events39
The Yiddish Theater44
Other Forms of Recreation and Entertainment48
Food50
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Orchard Street55
Moving On56
Part 2Early Jewish American Writers
The Writers61
Antecedents in American Literature62
Themes62
City Fiction64
Abraham Cahan66
Anzia Yezierska82
Rose Cohen91
Marcus Eli Ravage95
Samuel Ornitz98
Marie Ganz103
Ben Hecht107
Michael Gold111
Samson Raphaelson118
Marya Zaturenska122
Louis Zukofsky124
Sydney Taylor127
Henry Roth130
Harry Roskolenko150
Conclusion: A Group Picture from the Williamsburg Bridge155
Selected Bibliography163
Index165

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >