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The impossible Jew : identity and the reconstruction of Jewish American literary history

Author: Benjamin Schreier
Publisher: New York ; London : New York University Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the works of key Jewish American authors to explore how the concept of identity is put to work by identity-based literary study.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Abraham Cahan; Philip Roth; Jonathan Safran Foer; Abraham Cahan; Philip Roth; Jonathan Safran Foer; Abraham Cahan; Jonathan Safran Foer; Philip Roth
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Schreier
ISBN: 9781479868681 147986868X 9781479895847 1479895849
OCLC Number: 895500923
Description: x, 270 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: The school of criticism I wouldn't be caught dead in: a polemic on theorizing the field --
1. Toward a critical semitism: on not answering the Jewish question in literary studies --
2. Against the dialectic of nation: Abraham Cahan and desire's spectral Jew --
3. The negative desire of Jewish representation; or, why were the New York intellectuals Jewish? --
4. Why Jews aren't normal: the unrepresentable future of Philip Roth's the counterlife --
5. 9/11's stealthy Jews: Jonathan Safran Foer and the irrepresentation of identity.
Responsibility: Benjamin Schreier.

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Examines the works of key Jewish American authors to explore how the concept of identity is put to work by identity-based literary study.

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