Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature

Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature

by Edited by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
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Indiana University Press


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253219817
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Series: Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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
Index     251

What People are Saying About This

from the afterword by Eva Hoffman

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.

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