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American talmud : the cultural work of Jewish American fiction

Author: Ezra Cappell
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2007.
Series: SUNY series in modern Jewish literature and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: A Andrae
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ezra Cappell
ISBN: 0791471233 9780791471234 0791471241 9780791471241
OCLC Number: 70673230
Description: x, 233 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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 --
The future of Jewish fiction in America.
Series Title: SUNY series in modern Jewish literature and culture.
Responsibility: Ezra Cappell.
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Abstract:

"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."--Jacket.

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