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Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Culture (Jewish Literature and Culture)

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How have Jews reshaped their identities as Jews in the face of the radical newness called America? Julian Levinson explores the ways in which exposure to American literary culture--in particular the visionary tradition identified with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman--led American Jewish writers to a new understanding of themselves as Jews. Discussing the lives and work of writers such as Emma Lazarus, Mary Antin, Ludwig Lewisohn, Waldo Frank, Anzia Yezierska, I. J. Schwartz, Alfred Kazin, and Irving Howe, Levinson concludes that their interaction with American culture led them to improvise new and meaningful ways of being Jewish. In contrast to the often expressed view that the diaspora experience leads to assimilation, Exiles on Main Street traces an arc of return to Jewish identification and describes a vital and creative Jewish American literary culture.

Synopsis:

Delineates the creative dialogue between Jewish writers and American culture

About the Author

Julian Levinson is the Samuel Shetzer Professor of American Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1. Breathing Free in the New World: Transcendentalism and the Jewish Soul

1. Songs of a Semite: Emma Lazarus and the Muse of History

2. Ecstasies of the Credulous: Mary Antin and the Spirit of the Shtetl

Part 2. Battling the Nativists: Mystics, Prophets, and Rebels in Interwar America

3. "Pilgrim to a Forgotten Shrine": Ludwig Lewisohn and the Recovery of the Inner Jew

4. Modernist Flasks, Jewish Wine: Waldo Frank and the Immanence of God

5. Cinderella's Dybbuk: Anzia Yezierska as the Voice of Generations

Part 3. Yiddish Interlude

6. From Heine to Whitman: The Yiddish Poets Come to America

Part 4. "Orating in New Yorkese": The Languages of Jewishness in Postwar America

7. "My Private Orthodoxy": Alfred Kazin's Romantic Judaism

8. The Jewish Writer Flies at Twilight: Irving Howe and the Recovery of Yiddishkayt

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253350817
Author:
Levinson, Julian
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Jews -- United States -- Identity.
Subject:
Jews in literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
American Studies; Jewish Studies; Literature; Literature and Literary Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Jewish Literature and Culture
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 bandw photos
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.54 x 6.78 x 0.98 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Jewish History

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