Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Culture - Jewish Literature and Culture (Hardback)Julian Levinson (author)
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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.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 585 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
Levinson's well-researched book makes a significant contribution to studies of Jewish American Literature and Jewish Cultural continuity.2007 -- S.L. Kremer * Choice Reviews Online *
. . . a standout work in the field of American Jewish Literature . . . Levinson is well-attuned to the critical trends and thinking that are prevalent in the world of literary scholarship and applies them to the book's selected authors and texts in a way that is fresh and thoughtful. . . December 12, 2008 -- Shana Rosenblatt Mauer * Jerusalem Post *
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