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Author Kremer, S. Lillian, 1939- author

Title Witness through the imagination : Jewish American Holocaust literature / S. Lillian Kremer
Published Detroit : Wayne State University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (392 pages)
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Chapter One: Scars of Outrage: The Holocaust in The Victim and Mr. Sammler's Planet; Chapter Two: From Buchenwald to Harlem: The Holocaust Universe of The Pawnbroker; Chapter Three: Seekers and Survivors: The Holocaust-Haunted Fiction of Bernard Malamud; Chapter Four: Chaim Rumkowski and the Lodz Ghetto in Leslie Epstein's King of the Jews; Chapter Five: The Trial of the Damned: Richard Elman's Holocaust Trilogy; Chapter Six: Kaddish and Resurrection: Isaac Bashevis Singer's Holocaust Memorial
Chapter Seven: The Dybbuk of All the Lost Dead: Cynthia Ozick's Holocaust FictionChapter Eight: Eternal Faith, Eternal People: The Holocaust and Redemption in Arthur A. Cohen's In the Days of Simon Stern; Chapter Nine: Eternal Light: The Holocaust and the Revival of Judaism and Jewish Civilization in the Fiction of Chaim Potok; Chapter Ten: Nazism on Trial: The Holocaust Fiction of George Steiner; Conclusion; Notes; Index
Summary Criticism of Holocaust literature is an emerging field of inquiry, and as might be expected, the most innovative work has been concentrated on the vanguard of European and Israeli Holocaust literature. Now that American fiction has amassed an impressive and provocative Holocaust canon, the time is propitious for its evaluation. Witness Through the Imagination presents a critical reading of themes and stylistic strategies of major American Holocaust fiction to determine its capacity to render the prelude, progress, and aftermath of the Holocaust. The unifying critical approach is the textual explication of themes and literary method, occasional comparative references to international Holocaust literature, and a discussion of extra-literary Holocaust sources that have influenced the creative writers' treatment of the Holocaust universe
Notes The publication of this volume in a freely accessible digital format has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation through their Humanities Open Book Program
S. Lillian Kremer obtained her Ph. D. from Kansas State University where she is currently an instructor in the English Department. Her articles on contemporary Jewish literature have appeared in the Saul Bellow Journal, Studies in American Jewish Literature, Holocaust Studies Annual, and Dictionary of Literary, Biography, and Modern Jewish Studies Annual
Subject American fiction -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature.
Jews in literature.
Jews -- United States -- Intellectual life.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Literature and the war.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0814343945
Other Titles Wayne State University Libraries Digital Collections