Synopses & Reviews
"Superb novelists deserve first-rate literary analysis. Cynthia Ozick has found such critics... most recently in Elaine Kauvar, whose present work is simultaneously a profound contribution to Ozick interpretation and an astonishingly readable account of the novelist's ideas and artistic manner.... Highly recommended."
"Superb novelists deserve first--rate literary analysis. Cynthia Ozick has found such critics in Joseph Lowin, Victor Strandberg, and most recently in Elaine Kauvar, whose present work is simultaneously a profound contribution to Ozick interpretation and an astonishingly readable account of the novelist's ideas and artistic manner. Kauvar accounts for Ozick's views antithetical to those of T.S. Eliot; yet she observes Ozick's allegiance to the judgements of history, her concept of tradition as itself innovation and advances current conjecture that Cynthia Ozick may eventually be judged our T.S. Eliot. Unlike some contemporary critics, who decontextualize literature, Kauvar offers a contextual examination of Ozick's recurrent themes, demonstrates Ozick's relationship to her artistic predecessors, and illuminates patterns and textual interconnections to reveal the substructure and doubling of the texts and establish the author's place in contemporary American letters. Although Kauvar echoes established critical studies in her emphasis on the conflict between Hebraism and Hellenism, the perils of art, and the consequences of assimilation, she propels some of these concepts to surprising ends such as her interpretation of the Holocaust novella, Rosa, in light of the Aeneid, her perception of the overarching concern with the father in the fiction, and her attention to flower and color imagery. Kauvar faults critics who focus on the Jewishness of Ozick's work, arguing that such a view cannot illuminate any of the intricacies of the fiction; few critics, however, do exhibit the exclusivity she attributes to them. Kauvar herself places Ozick centrally in Hebraic, Hellenic, and American literary traditions. Highly recommended." --S. L. Kremer, Kansas State University, Choice, September 1993 Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
Includes bibliographical references (p. -258) and index.
About the Author
ELAINE M. KAUVAR, Associate Professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York, has published articles on William Blake, Jane Austen, James Joyce, and Cynthia Ozick.
Table of Contents
The Struggle for Exactitude
The Insistent Sense of Recognition
The Dread of Moloch
The Uses of Fantasy
The High Muse of Fusion
The Magic Shawl
The Pulse of Ancestry