Post-war Jewish Fiction
Ambivalence, Self Explanation and Transatlantic Connections
By (author) David Brauner
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Post-war Jewish Fiction by David Brauner
Book DescriptionIn this groundbreaking study, David Brauner explores the representation of Jewishness in a number of works by postwar British and American Jewish writers, identifying a transatlantic sensibility characterised by an insistent compulsion to explain themselves and their Jewishness in ambivalent terms. Through detailed readings of novels by famous American authors such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud and Arthur Miller, alongside those by lesser-known British writers such as Frederic Raphael, Jonathan Wilson, Howard Jacobson and Clive Sinclair, certain common preoccupations emerge: Gentiles who mistake themselves for Jews; Jewish hostility towards Nature; writing (and not writing) about the Holocaust, and the relationship between fact and fiction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333740354
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Brauner
Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction, Hardback (June 2015)
Provides overviews of the main writers and key themes of Anglophone Jewish fiction. This title highlights the wealth of diversity in this field, identifying and exploring key themes including immigration, Diaspora, the Holocaust, Judaism, assimilation, anti Semitism and Zionism. It is discussed in relation to theoretical frameworks.
Philip Roth, Paperback (April 2011)
A collection of essays on Philip Roth offering critical readings and assessments of texts. It illuminates Roth's multilayered perceptions of twentieth-century America as a place, a culture, and an idea that shapes its inhabitants in profound ways. It is of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students of American and Canadian fiction.
Contemporary American Fiction, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by David Brauner
Featuring a wide range of authors - from canonical figures such as Philip Roth, Don DeLillo and Annie Proulx, to increasingly influential writers such as Jeffrey Eugenides, Gish Jen and Richard Powers - the book combines detailed readings of key texts with informative discussions of their historical, social and cultural contexts.
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Author Biography - David Brauner
DAVID BRAUNER is Lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Reading, Berkshire. He has published articles on Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Jane Smiley and a number of other contemporary fiction writers.
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