Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative

Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative

by Derek Parker Royal (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557535849
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Series: Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies Series
Pages: 267
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.87(h) x (d)

About the Author

Derek Parker Royal is the founder of the Philip Roth Society as well as founding executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal Philip Roth Studies. He is the editor of Philip Roth: New Perspectives on an American Author (Praeger, 2005), and his essays on American literature and graphic narrative have appeared in such journals as Contemporary Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Drama, Studies in the Novel, Critique, MELUS, Shofar, Studies in American Jewish Literature, International Journal of Comic Art, the Mark Twain Annual, and Poe Studies/Dark Romanticism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Unfinalized Moments: Essays in the Development of Contemporary Jewish American Narrative 1

Part 1 Dialogues with Orthodoxy and History

1 "Hardly There Even When She Wasn't Lost": Orthodox Daughters and the "Mind-Body Problem" in Contemporary Jewish American Fiction Susan Jacobowitz 17

2 Southern Discomfort: Revisiting the Jewish Question in Tova Mirvis's The Ladies Auxiliary Maya Socolovsky 33

3 The Ethics of After: Melvin Jules Bukiet, Holocaust Fiction, and the Reemergence of an Ethical Sense in the Post-Holocaust World Michael J. Martin 55

4 The Second-Generation Holocaust Nonsurvivor: Third-Degree Metalepsis and Creative Block in Art Spiegelman's Graphic Novel Maus Michael Schuldiner 69

5 "Unfinished Business": Journeys to Eastern Europe in Thane Rosenbaums Second Hand Smoke and Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated Jennifer M. Lemberg 81

Part 2 Folklore, Fantasy, and the Metanarrative

6 The Escapist: Fantasy, Folklore, and the Pleasures of the Comic Book in Recent Jewish American Holocaust Fiction Lee Behlman 97

7 A Tale Told about Idiots: The Chelm Story and Holocaust Representation Alexis Wilson 113

8 Laughter and Trembling: The Short Fiction of Steve Stern and Nathan Englander Monica Osborne 125

9 Metafictional Witnessing in Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated Tracy Floreani 139

Part 3 (Re)inscribing Jewish Text and Identity

10 Putting the "Jewish" Back in "Jewish American Fiction": A Look at Jewish American Fiction since 1977 and an Allegorical Reading of Nathan Englander s "The Gilgul of Park Avenue" Adam Meyer 153

11 "Were it Not for the Yetzer Hara": Eating, Knowledge, and the Physical in Jonathan Rosen's Eve's Apple Adam Sol 169

12 The Sweetheart Is Outside Herself: Writing the Contemporary Jewish American Writer in S. L. Wisenberg's Ceci Rubin Stories Joe Kraus 179

13 Jewish American Fiction on the Border: Culture Confrontations, Double Consciousness, and Hybridity in the Work of Pearl Abraham Bart Elevens 187

Part 4 Authors in Their Own Words

14 Margins within the Margins: An Interview with Ruth Knafo Setton and Farideh Dayanim Goldin Derek Parker Royal 203

15 Picturing American Stories: An Interview with Ben Katchor Derek Parker Royal 223

Questions for Discussion 245

Contemporary Jewish American Fiction: A Selected Bibliography 247

Contributors 251

Index 255

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