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The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature

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Julian Levinson, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Rachel Rubinstein, Werner Sollors, Benjamin Schreier, Michael Wood, Shira Wolosky, Maeera Y. Shreiber, Avraham Novershtern, Nahma Sandrow, Edna Nahshon, Jonathan Freedman, Michael Weingrad, Monique Rodrigues Balbuena, Dalia Kandiyoti, Emily Miller Budick, Naomi Sokoloff, Murray Baumgarten, Mikhail Krutikov, Sarah Phillips Casteel, Rebecca Margolis, Jesse Raber, Wendy I. Zierler, Anita Norich, Adam Zachary Newton, Kathryn Hellerstein, Alisa Solomon, Laurence Roth, Stephen J. Whitfield, Marc Caplan, Josh Lambert
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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107048201

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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.

    • Shows the centrality of Jewish American literature in the making of mainstream American culture
    • Explores the Jewish American experience as a catalyst in rethinking the concepts of race, ethnicity, nation, and diaspora in American culture
    • Engages Jewish American literature with other minority literature in America
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    "… a masterly work of synthesis … marks a milestone in [the] institutionalization [of] Jewish-American writing …"
    Morris Dickstein, The Times Literary Supplement

    'From a variety of perspectives, The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature provides an illuminating analysis of [the] points of intersection, a vibrant cultural landscape that has enriched America and invigorated Jewishness. This collection is a logical starting point for anyone interested in exploring this history.' Jarrod Tanny, The Review of Rabbinic Judaism

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    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107048201
    • dimensions: 236 x 161 x 41 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Editor

    Hana Wirth-Nesher, Tel-Aviv University
    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 and City Codes: Reading the Modern Urban Novel (Cambridge University Press, 1996). She is also the editor of New Essays on Call It Sleep (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and, with Michael Kramer, The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

    Contributors

    Julian Levinson, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Rachel Rubinstein, Werner Sollors, Benjamin Schreier, Michael Wood, Shira Wolosky, Maeera Y. Shreiber, Avraham Novershtern, Nahma Sandrow, Edna Nahshon, Jonathan Freedman, Michael Weingrad, Monique Rodrigues Balbuena, Dalia Kandiyoti, Emily Miller Budick, Naomi Sokoloff, Murray Baumgarten, Mikhail Krutikov, Sarah Phillips Casteel, Rebecca Margolis, Jesse Raber, Wendy I. Zierler, Anita Norich, Adam Zachary Newton, Kathryn Hellerstein, Alisa Solomon, Laurence Roth, Stephen J. Whitfield, Marc Caplan, Josh Lambert

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