American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the genre of Jewish American fiction and places it squarely within the larger context of American literature. Cappell departs from the conventional approach of defining Jewish American authors solely in terms of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and instead contextualizes their fiction within the theological heritage of Jewish culture. By deliberately emphasizing historical and ethnographic links to religions, religious texts, and traditions, Cappell demonstrates that twentieth-century and contemporary Jewish American fiction writers have been codifying a new Talmud, an American Talmud, and argues that the literary production of Jews in America might be seen as one more stage of rabbinic commentary on the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Ezra Cappell is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Table of Contents
1. Henry Roth’s First Novel: Call It Jewish?
2. Reflecting the World: Bernard Malamud’s Post-Holocaust Judaism
3. Bellow’s Short Fiction: Something Jewish To Remember Him By
4. Rebecca Goldstein: The Ethics of Second-Generation Witnessing
5. Four Questions for Allegra Goodman
6. Henry Roth’s Second Novel: Mercy for a Rude Youth
Conclusion: The Future of Jewish Fiction in America
Appendix: An Interview with Rebecca Goldstein