American Talmud The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction

ISBN-10: 0791471241

ISBN-13: 9780791471241

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ezra Cappell
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Description: In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the genre of Jewish American fiction and places it squarely within the larger context of American literature. Cappell departs from the conventional approach of defining Jewish American authors solely in terms of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and instead contextualizes their fiction within the theological heritage of Jewish culture. By deliberately emphasizing historical and ethnographic links to religions, religious texts, and traditions, Cappell demonstrates that twentieth-century and contemporary Jewish American fiction writers have been codifying a new Talmud, an American Talmud, and argues that the literary production of Jews in America might be seen as one more stage of rabbinic commentary on the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people. Book jacket.

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Henry Roth's First Novel: Call It Jewish?
Reflecting the World: Bernard Malamud's Post-Holocaust Judaism
Bellow's Short Fiction: Something Jewish To Remember Him By
Rebecca Goldstein: The Ethics of Second-Generation Witnessing
Four Questions for Allegra Goodman
Henry Roth's Second Novel: Mercy for a Rude Youth
Conclusion: The Future of Jewish Fiction in America
An Interview with Rebecca Goldstein
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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