The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature

The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature

by Hana Wirth-Nesher (Editor)


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This History offers an unparalleled examination of all aspects of Jewish American literature. Jewish writing has played a central role in the formation of the national literature of the United States, from the Hebraic sources of the Puritan imagination to narratives of immigration and acculturation. This body of writing has also enriched global Jewish literature in its engagement with Jewish history and Jewish multilingual culture. Written by a host of leading scholars, The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature offers an array of approaches that contribute to current debates about ethnic writing, minority discourse, transnational literature, gender studies, and multilingualism. This History takes a fresh look at celebrated authors, introduces new voices, locates Jewish American literature on the map of American ethnicity as well as the spaces of exile and diaspora, and stretches the boundaries of American literature beyond the Americas and the West.

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ISBN-13: 9781108701334
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/21/2019
Pages: 750
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Hana Wirth-Nesher is the Samuel L. and Perry Haber Chair of the Study of the Jewish Experience in the United States and Professor of English and American Studies at Tel-Aviv University. She is the author of Call It English: The Languages of Jewish American Literature (2005) and City Codes: Reading the Modern Urban Novel (Cambridge, 1996). She is also the editor of New Essays on Call It Sleep (Cambridge, 1996), and The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature (with Michael Kramer, Cambridge, 2003).

Table of Contents

1. Encountering the idea of America Julian Levinson; 2. Encountering English Hana Wirth-Nesher; 3. Encountering native origins Rachel Rubinstein; 4. Immigration and modernity, 1900–45 Werner Sollors; 5. Making it into the mainstream, 1945–70 Benjamin Schreier; 6. New voices, new challenges, 1970–2000 Michael Wood; 7. Religious selfhood, 1870–1950 Shira Wolosky; 8. Secularity, sacredness, and Jewish American poets, 1950–2000 Maeera Y. Shreiber; 9. Yiddish American poetry Avraham Novershtern; 10. Yiddish theater in America Nahma Sandrow; 11. Jewish American drama Edna Nahshon; 12. Jews and film Jonathan Freedman; 13. Hebrew in America Michael Weingrad; 14. Ladino in US literature and song Monique Rodrigues Balbuena; 15. Writing and remembering Jewish Middle Eastern pasts Dalia Kandiyoti; 16. The ghost of the Holocaust in the construction of Jewish American literature Emily Miller Budick; 17. Israel in the Jewish American imagination Naomi Sokoloff; 18. Their New York: possessing the 'capital of words' Murray Baumgarten; 19. Spaces of Yidishkayt: New York in American Yiddish prose Mikhail Krutikov; 20. Landscapes: America and the Americas Sarah Phillips Casteel; 21. Across the border: Canadian Jewish writing Rebecca Margolis; 22. The role of the public intellectual in American culture Jesse Raber; 23. The caravan returns: Jewish American literary anthologies, 1935–2010 Wendy I. Zierler; 24. Poetics and politics of translation Anita Norich; 25. Jews on America's racial map Adam Zachary Newton; 26. Gender poetics in Jewish American poetry Kathryn Hellerstein; 27. Performance: queerly Jewish/Jewishly queer in the American theater Alisa Solomon; 28. Jewish American comic books and graphic novels Laurence Roth; 29. Jewish American popular culture Stephen J. Whitfield; 30. Jewish humor in America Marc Caplan; 31. Since 2000 Josh Lambert.

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