College Bound: The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944

College Bound: The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944

by Dan Shiffman

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Overview

College Bound: The Pursuit of Education in Jewish American Literature, 1896-1944 by Dan Shiffman

Argues that first- and second-generation Jewish American writers had an ambivalent relationship with educational success.

Jewish American immigrants and their children have been stereotyped as exceptional educational achievers, with attendance at prestigious universities leading directly to professional success. In College Bound, Dan Shiffman uses literary accounts to show that American Jews’ relationship with education was in fact far more complex. Jews expected book learning to bring personal fulfillment and self-transformation, but the reality of public schools and universities often fell short. Shiffman examines a wide range of novels and autobiographies by first- and second-generation writers, including Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, Elizabeth Gertrude Stern, Ludwig Lewisohn, Marcus Eli Ravage, Lionel Trilling, and Leo Rosten. Their visions of learning as a process of critical questioning—enlivening the mind, interrogating cultural standards, and confronting social injustices—present a valuable challenge to today’s emphasis on narrowly measurable outcomes of student achievement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438467221
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2018
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dan Shiffman teaches Secondary English at the International School of Hamburg and is the author of Rooting Multiculturalism: The Work of Louis Adamic.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Success Narratives?

1. The Halo of Higher Learning in the Work of Abraham Cahan

2. A Reprieve at Best: Education in the Writing of Mary Antin and Elizabeth G. Stern

3. Anzia Yezierska’s Frustrated Pursuit of Education

4. M. E. Ravage, Ludwig Lewisohn, and Lionel Trilling: Education at the “Real American” University

5. The Hidden Curriculum in Leo Rosten’s H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N Stories

Epilogue
A Space Apart

Notes
Works Cited
Index

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