Anglophone Jewish Literatures (Routledge Studies in by Axel Stähler

By Axel Stähler

Anglophone Jewish literature isn't ordinarily numbered one of the new literatures in English. relatively, Jewish literary creation in English has conventionally been categorized as ‘hyphenated’ and has consequently now not but been subjected as such to the scrutiny of students of literary or cultural heritage.

The number of essays addresses this lack and initiates the scholarly exploration of transnational and transcultural Anglophone Jewish literature as one of many New English Literatures. with out trying to impose what would appear to be a faulty conceptual team spirit at the many-facetted box of Anglophone Jewish literature, the e-book is predicated on a plurality of theoretical frameworks. Alert to the effective friction among those discourses, which it goals to elicit, it confronts Jewish literary stories with postcolonial experiences, cultural experiences, and different modern theoretical frameworks.

Featuring contributions from one of the best-known students within the fields of British and American Jewish literature, together with Bryan Cheyette and Emily Miller Budick, this assortment transcends borders of either international locations and educational disciplines and takes under consideration cultural and historic affinities and alterations of the Anglophone diaspora that have contributed to the formation and improvement of the English-language section of Jewish literature.

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Discussing the works of a wide variety of writers, among them Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, Henry Roth, Ludwig Lewisohn, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth, Fischer shows that social and political developments and momentous events, even if they are not explicitly mentioned, are reflected in the novels by the use of languages: the ever deepening immersion of the Jews into the mainstream of American society, the annihilation of European Jewry and the establishment of the state of Israel all influenced the way Yiddish, German or Hebrew were perceived.

But the same token, it also seems to me that the phenomenon of the ‘double diaspora’ of Anglophone Jewish writers in Israel may, in turn, sustain the claim that it is, indeed, reasonable to make the distinction of a Jewish literature in English, precisely because it links those authors with their cultural rather than with their chosen national homeland – bridging the ‘divide’ discerned by Emily Miller Budick between the secular, intellectual Jewish communities in Israel and America (2001: 2) and, by extrapolation, in other Anglophone countries – and because the cultural affinities of the countries of the Anglophone diaspora are sustained in the Israeli setting by their work and by their interrelation.

Qxd 21/8/07 7:51 PM Page 29 Jewish literature(s) in English? 29 Sivan understands Ozick’s story to be an exploration of the nature of language as one of the key elements of cultural identification and autonomy. e. Jewish culture or civilization) which live alongside, in varying degrees of subordination and reconciliation, a dominant culture. She argues that the Jews and the hybrid languages they developed in relation to the majority cultures (Yiddish in medieval Germany, Ladino in Spain) represent the tensions and overlaps between postcolonialism and globalization, for these very same indigenous languages became a way for Jews from different parts of the globe to communicate.

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