Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature available in Paperback
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- Indiana University Press
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.
About the Author
Alvin H. Rosenfeld is Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and founder and former director of the Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies Program. He is author of Imagining Hitler (IUP, 1985) and A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature (IUP, 1980). He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
Table of Contents
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
What People are Saying About This
The essays in this richly revealing and valuable collection are reports from a late stage and distinct kind of exile, one marked by stark dramas and quiet ambiguities. As these personal and subtle statements show, each emigrant story, and trajectory, is unique and filled with its particular details of difficulty and success, private sorrow and unexpected satisfactions.