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Jewish American and Holocaust Literature
Representation in the Postmodern World
Jewish American and Holocaust Literature
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Alan L. Berger - Editor
Gloria L. Cronin - Editor
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 266 pages
Release Date: September 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6209-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6209-6

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 266 pages
Release Date: September 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6210-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6210-2

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Deepens and enriches our understanding of the Jewish literary tradition and the implications of the Shoah.

Challenging the notion that Jewish American and Holocaust literature have exhausted their limits, this volume reexamines these closely linked traditions in light of recent postmodern theory. Composed against the tumultuous background of great cultural transition and unprecedented state-sponsored systematic murder, Jewish American and Holocaust literature both address the concerns of postmodern human existence in extremis. In addition to exploring how various mythic and literary themes are deconstructed in the lurid light of Auschwitz, this book provides critical reassessments of Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, as well as contemporary Jewish American writers who are extending this vibrant tradition into the new millennium. These essays deepen and enrich our understanding of the Jewish literary tradition and the implications of the Shoah.

“…Berger and Cronin offer a collection of fine essays that link Jewish American and Holocaust literature … The essays are as provocative as the literature they explore, and they give evidence to the editors’ claim that ‘the Holocaust is a watershed event that divides culture into a before and after.’” — CHOICE

"This excellent book bridges many fields while sustaining a sense of wholeness and integrity. Here we have a work that offers new insights—comprehensive insights—into the transformative elements that the Holocaust and its literature have engendered and will continue to engender." — Myra Sklarew, author of Over the Rooftops of Time: Jewish Stories, Essays, Poems

The intellectual importance of this work is unquestioned and the topic immensely important. The essays are gripping and revealing, opening up so much that has been hidden." — Daniel Walden, editor of Conversations with Chaim Potok

Contributors include Evelyn Avery, Gerhard Bach, Alan L. Berger, Janet Burstein, Harry James Cargas, Sarah Blacher Cohen, Gloria L. Cronin, Ellen S. Fine, Marianne M. Friedrich, Miriyam Glazer, S. Lillian Kremer, Suzanne E. Lundquist, Bonnie Lyons, Gila Safran Naveh, Hugh Nissenson, Susan Nowak, and Thane Rosenbaum.

Alan L. Berger is the Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair of Holocaust Studies and directs the Holocaust and Judaic Studies program and the Center for the Study of Values and Violence after Auschwitz at Florida Atlantic University. His previous books include Children of Job: American Second-Generation Witnesses to the Holocaust, also published by SUNY Press, and the Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature (coedited with David Patterson and Sarita Cargas). Gloria L. Cronin is Professor of English at Brigham Young University and has written and edited numerous books, including A Room of His Own: In Search of the Feminine in the Novels of Saul Bellow.

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Table of Contents


Alan L. Berger, Gloria L. Cronin


1. Hidden Children: The Literature of Hiding
Alan L. Berger

2. An Eye on a Scrap of the World: Ida Fink's Hidden Witnesses
Ellen S. Fine

3. Jerzy Kosinski: Did He or Didn't He?
Harry James Cargas

4. By the Light of Darkness: Six Major European Writers Who Experienced the Holocaust
Hugh Nissenson

5. Memory and Collective Identity: Narrative Strategies Against Forgetting in Contemporary Literary Responses to the Holocaust
Gerhard Bach

6. The Rendition of Memory in Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl
Marianne M. Friedrich

7. A Speck of Dust Blown by the Wind Across Land and Desert: Images of the Holocaust in Lanzmann, Singer, and Appelfeld
Gila Safran Naveh

8. Writing to Break the Frozen Seas Within: The Power of Fiction in the Writings of Norma Rosen and Rebecca Goldstein
Susan E. Nowak

9. Art and Atrocity in a Post-9/11 World
Thane Rosenbaum


10. Africanity and the Collapse of American Culture in the Novels of Saul Bellow
Gloria L. Cronin

11. The Jewish Journey of Saul Bellow: From Secular Satirist to Spiritual Seeker
Sarah Blacher Cohen

12. Philip Roth and Jewish American Literature at the Millennium
Bonnie Lyons

13. Malamud and Ozick: Kindred Neshamas
Evelyn Avery

14. Myth and Addiction in Jonathan Rosen's Eve's Apple
Suzanne Evertsen Lundquist

15. Evolving Paradigms of Jewish Women in Twentieth-Century American Jewish Fiction: Through a Male Lens/Through a Female Lens
S. Lillian Kremer

16. After the Melting Pot: Jewish Women Writers and the Man in the Wrong Clothes
Miriyam Glazer

17. Restorying Jewish Mothers
Janet Burstein



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