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Haunted in the New World : Jewish American culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs

Author: Donald Weber
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2005.
Series: Jewish literature and culture.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on scholarship in a range of disciplines, including the sociology of manners, the study of the role of foodways in the formation of ethnic identity, the psychoanalysis of shame and self-hatred, and the role of memory for those unsettled by the experience of migration, Donald Weber traces the impact of the tension between nostalgia for the world left behind and the desire to blend into American culture, as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Weber
ISBN: 0253345790 9780253345790
OCLC Number: 56733135
Description: xiii, 250 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : adjusting to America --
Outsider in the old world, greenhorn in the new : Christopher Newman and David Levinsky --
Gastronomic nostalgia : Anzia Yezierska --
The claims of descent : immigrant cinema --
Haunted in the new world : Henry Roth --
To make "a Jew" : projecting antisemitism in post-war America --
Memory and repression : Goldberg variations --
The "Jewish opera" : Saul Bellow and other Jewish sons --
Epilogue : nostalgia and 1950s popular culture.
Series Title: Jewish literature and culture.
Responsibility: Donald Weber.
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Maps the affective landscape of Jewish American culture. This book offers a genealogy of the emotions - shame and self-hatred, nostalgic longing and the impulse to forget - that organized  Read more...

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