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This unprecedented collection brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how theyve made their work respond.

E.L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces the categorization, arguing that it immediately binds her to her readers. Dara Horn, among the youngest of these writers, describes the tendency of Jewish writers to focus on anti-Semitism and advocates a more creative and positive way of telling the Jewish story. Thane Rosenbaum explains that as a child of Holocaust survivors, he was driven to write in an attempt to reimagine the tragic endings in Jewish history.

Here are the stories of how these writers became who they are: Saul Bellow on his adolescence in Chicago, Grace Paley on her early love of Romantic poetry, Chaim Potok on being transformed by the work of Evelyn Waugh. Here, too, are Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Erica Jong, Jonathon Rosen, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Alan Lelchuk, Rebecca Goldstein, Nessa Rapoport, and many more.

Spanning three generations of Jewish writing in America, these essays — by turns nostalgic, comic, moving, and deeply provocative- constitute an invaluable investigation into the thinking and the work of some of Americas most important writers.

Review:

"The recent death of Saul Bellow casts an unintended perspective on this anthology. Bellow is the first writer in it, and younger writers, such as Jonathan Rosen, acknowledge their debt to him. Moreover, his sidestepping of the Jewish literary question with the semi-dismissive 'I am a Jew, and I have written some books' becomes a touchstone for many of the other 28 authors to agree with or reject. The large cast, spanning several generations, creates a distinct layering effect: Philip Roth reflects on the virulent reaction against his early short stories; later, Binnie Kirshenbaum admits that Goodbye, Columbus was the first book that 'got under my skin.' The solemnity of the debate over identity is frequently lightened by humor. Max Apple splits his inner self into a squabbling duo, the assimilationist Max and the hyper-Yiddish Mottele, while Art Spiegelman contributes a two-page cartoon about being 'just another baby-boom boy' overwhelmed by memory. Women are particularly well represented in the youngest generation, including Lara Vapnyar, Tova Mirvis and Yael Goldstein. As the argument over what constitutes authentic Jewish fiction continues to be revisited (most recently by Wendy Shalit in the New York Times Book Review), these thoughtful essays take on added relevance. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Derek Rubin teaches in the American Studies program at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He has lectured widely in the United States, and as a Fulbright Scholar taught Jewish American literature at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Born in South Africa and raised in Israel, he has lived in the Netherlands since 1976.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction by Derek Rubin

Starting Out in Chicago by Saul Bellow

Clearing My Jewish Throat by Grace Paley

Tradition and (or Versus) the Jewish Writer by Cynthia Ozick

Culture Confrontation in Urban America: A Writer's Beginnings by Chaim

Potok

Deism by E. L. Doctorow

Writing About Jews by Philip Roth

Coming Home by Leslie Epstein

The End of the Jewish Writer? by Alan Lelchuk

Max and Mottele by Max Apple

How I Got to Be Jewish by Erica Jong

Tales of My Great-Grandfathers by Johanna Kaplan

After the Law by Steve Stern

Mein Kampf by Art Spiegelman

Against Logic by Rebecca Goldstein

How I Became a Jewish Writer in America by Jonathan Wilson

Nothing Makes You Free by Melvin Jules Bukiet

Body of Love by Nessa Rapoport

Writing Something Real by Lev Raphael

Living, Loving, Temple-Going by Robert Cohen

Princess by Binnie Kirshenbaum

Divinity School or Trusting the Act of Writing by Pearl Abraham

Law and Legacy in the Post-Holocaust Imagination by Thane Rosenbaum

Forward and Back: A Journey Between Worlds by Jonathan Rosen

Writing with a Return Address by Allegra Goodman

The Davka Method by Rachel Kadish

On Becoming a Russian Jewish American by Lara Vapnyar

Writing Between Worlds by Tova Mirvis

On the Interpretation of Dreams by Dara Horn

When God's Your Favorite Writer by Yael Goldstein

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805242393
Editor:
Rubin, Derek
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Editor:
Rubin, Derek
Author:
edited by Derek Rubin
Author:
Rubin, Derek
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Jews -- United States -- Intellectual life.
Subject:
Jewish authors - United States
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.8 x 1.25 in 1.2 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The recent death of Saul Bellow casts an unintended perspective on this anthology. Bellow is the first writer in it, and younger writers, such as Jonathan Rosen, acknowledge their debt to him. Moreover, his sidestepping of the Jewish literary question with the semi-dismissive 'I am a Jew, and I have written some books' becomes a touchstone for many of the other 28 authors to agree with or reject. The large cast, spanning several generations, creates a distinct layering effect: Philip Roth reflects on the virulent reaction against his early short stories; later, Binnie Kirshenbaum admits that Goodbye, Columbus was the first book that 'got under my skin.' The solemnity of the debate over identity is frequently lightened by humor. Max Apple splits his inner self into a squabbling duo, the assimilationist Max and the hyper-Yiddish Mottele, while Art Spiegelman contributes a two-page cartoon about being 'just another baby-boom boy' overwhelmed by memory. Women are particularly well represented in the youngest generation, including Lara Vapnyar, Tova Mirvis and Yael Goldstein. As the argument over what constitutes authentic Jewish fiction continues to be revisited (most recently by Wendy Shalit in the New York Times Book Review), these thoughtful essays take on added relevance. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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