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Toward a Critical Semitism: On Not Answering the Jewish Question in Literary Studies

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the nationalist identitarianism underwriting the current academic isolation of the historicist mainstream of Jewish American literary practice. It first considers the Jewish ... More


The Negative Desire of Jewish Representation; or, Why Were the New York Intellectuals Jewish?

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter presents a critical analysis of the New York intellectuals within the context of Jewish identity, and particularly the legibility and affectivity of Jewish identity, in order to ... More


Introduction: The School of Criticism I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead In: A Polemic on Theorizing the Field

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book explores how Jewish American literary study has alienated itself—in the form of insiderism, trivialization, and ghettoization—compared to American studies and ethnic American literary ... More


Women in Jewish American Literature

Sara R. Horowitz

in Women and Judaism: New Insights and Scholarship

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814732182
eISBN:
9780814733110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814732182.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The past quarter-century has seen a sea change in the way we view Jewish American literature—that is, the texts that we read and the ways in which we read them. This chapter examines two aspects of ... More


Against the Dialectic of Nation: Abraham Cahan and Desire’s Spectral Jew

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter articulates a literary historical legitimation for critiquing the legibility and circulation of Jewish categoricalness. Through a close reading of Abraham Cahan's novella “The Imported ... More


Rising from the Gutter

Jean Lee Cole

in How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826527
eISBN:
9781496826572
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826527.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter shows how the early comic strip was developed and then came to influence comic fiction in the early twentieth century. As the editor of the New York Journal‘s comic supplement, Rudolph ... More


Introduction: The Politics and Ethics of Jewish American Literature and Criticism

Dean J. Franco

in Race, Rights, and Recognition: Jewish American Literature since 1969

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450877
eISBN:
9780801464010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450877.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This introductory chapter briefly examines the ways in which the authors featured in this book explore, satirize, and experiment with the social values, political assumptions, and ethical commitments ... More


Between Heaven and Earth: Saul Bellow and the Dialectics of World Literature

Saul Noam Zaritt

in Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198863717
eISBN:
9780191896101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863717.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines Saul Bellow’s use of Jewish vernacularity within his world-writing project. Focusing on the 1960s and ’70s, the height of his fame, the chapter analyzes how Bellow embeds his ... More


Conclusion: Minority Report

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book has explored the status quo between Jewish American literary study, Jewish studies, “ethnic” or multicultural studies, and English and American literature, along with the current state of ... More


Globalization’s Complaint: Gary Shteyngart’s Absurdistan and the Culture of Culture

Dean J. Franco

in Race, Rights, and Recognition: Jewish American Literature since 1969

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450877
eISBN:
9780801464010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450877.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter takes the satirization of multiculturalism in Gary Shteyngart's novel Absurdistan as a challenge to the discussion of pluralist recognition of the preceding chapters. For Shteyngart's ... More


The Lost Souls of Meshugah: Textual Transmission of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s World Literature

Jan Schwarz

in Textual Transmission in Contemporary Jewish Cultures

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197516485
eISBN:
9780197516515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197516485.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religious Studies

Great works of literature always take root in particular linguistic, cultural and national traditions, but they are at the same time capable of transcending the limitations of the local and the ... More


Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

Saul Noam Zaritt

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198863717
eISBN:
9780191896101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863717.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Jewish American Writing and World Literature studies Jewish American writers’ relationships with the idea of world literature—how they place themselves within its boundaries, outside its purview, or, ... More


The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Benjamin Schreier

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

In a sweeping critique of the field, this book resituates Jewish Studies in order to make room for a critical study of identity and identification. Displacing the assumption that Jewish Studies is ... More


Patterning a New Life: American Jewish Literature in 1929

Gabriella Safran

in 1929: Mapping the Jewish World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720202
eISBN:
9781479878253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720202.003.0012
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines American Jewish literature produced in 1929, with particular emphasis on Michael Gold's “proletarian novel” Jews without Money, Charles Reznikoff's By the Waters of Manhattan, ... More


Omri Asscher, Reading America, Reading Israel: The Politics of Translation between Jews. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. 256 pp.

Anat Helman (ed.)

in No Small Matter: Features of Jewish Childhood

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780197577301
eISBN:
9780197577332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197577301.003.0024
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter studies Omri Asscher's Reading America, Reading Israel: The Politics of Translation between Jews (2020). This book employs translation to think about how two groups — American and ... More


Ghosts: Philip Roth and Ethnic Writing

Andrew Dean

in Metafiction and the Postwar Novel: Foes, Ghosts, and Faces in the Water

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198871408
eISBN:
9780191914300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198871408.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines how Philip Roth responds to Jewish American readers and contexts in his fiction. Roth exploits the tensions and transitions in Jewish American political aspirations in the ... More


Epilogue: Anna Margolin, Grace Paley, and the Politics of Listening

Saul Noam Zaritt

in Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198863717
eISBN:
9780191896101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863717.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The Epilogue offers a reflection on the possible “elsewheres” of Jewish American writing, looking for further articulations of Glatstein’s non-institutional world literature to-come in the writing of ... More


1917–1925: Prelude to an International Protest: A Rising, Pugnacious Man of Letters

Jay A. Gertzman

in Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044170
eISBN:
9780813046181
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044170.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Roth’s first two decades in America were full of spiritual trials. He got married in 1918 but questioned his ability to love. He wrote acclaimed poetry, but most of it expressed a yearning for God ... More


Samuel Roth, Infamous Modernist

Jay A. Gertzman

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044170
eISBN:
9780813046181
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044170.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Samuel Roth (1894-1974) was an American publisher, whose story moved from a shtetl in Galicia to the Lower East Side of New York, then, briefly, to England during which time he laid groundwork for ... More


How Does It Feel to Be a Trademark?: Fannie Hurst’s

Gregory S. Jay

in White Writers, Race Matters: Fictions of Racial Liberalism from Stowe to Stockett

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190687229
eISBN:
9780190687250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190687229.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Hurst’s best-selling novel of the 1930s portrayed the life of a New Woman business tycoon and the African American maid whose family waffle recipe became the basis for an “Aunt Jemima” kind of ... More


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