Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature
The Writer Uprooted is the first book to examine the emergence of a new generation of Jewish immigrant authors in America, most of whom grew up in formerly communist countries. In essays that are both personal and scholarly, the contributors to this collection chronicle and clarify issues of personal and cultural dislocation and loss, but also affirm the possibilities of reorientation and renewal. Writers, poets, translators, and critics such as Matei Calinescu, Morris Dickstein, Henryk Grynberg, Geoffrey Hartman, Eva Hoffman, Katarzyna Jerzak, Dov-Ber Kerler, Norman Manea, Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Lara Vapnyar, and Bronislava Volkova describe how they have coped creatively with the trials of displacement and the challenges and opportunities of resettlement in a new land and, for some, authorship in a new language.
Introduction Alvin H. Rosenfeld ix Nomadic Language Norman Manea 1 On Norman Manea's The Hooligan's Return Matei Calinescu 27 Writing about Uprootedness Henryk Grynberg 51 Exile as Life after Death in the Writings of Henryk Grynberg and Norman Manea Katarzyna Jerzak 75 The Writer as Tour Guide Lara Vapnyar 92 Questions of Identity: The New World of the Immigrant Writer Morris Dickstein 110 A Displaced Scholar's Tale: The Jewish Factor Geoffrey Hartman 133 Exile: Inside and Out Bronislava Volkova 161 From Country to Country: My Search for Home Zsuzsanna Ozsvath 177 Finding a Virtual Home for Yiddish Poetry in Southern Indiana Dov-Ber Kerler 216 Afterword Eva Hoffman 234 List of Contributors 247 Index 251