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Author Aarons, Victoria.

Title A measure of memory : storytelling and identity in American Jewish fiction / Victoria Aarons
Published Athens : University of Georgia Press, [1996]


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Description xii, 218 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Ch. I. Introduction: The Stories They Tell -- Ch. II. The Ethical Fiction of Delmore Schwartz: Identity, Generation, and Culture -- Ch. III. Telling History: Generations of Voices in American Jewish Fiction -- Ch. IV. "Believe me, there are Jews everywhere" - Accidental Connections in the Most Unlikely Places: A Reading of Bernard Malamud -- Ch. V. Margins of Hope: Grace Paley's Language of Memory -- Ch. VI. Epilogue: New Voices, Old Stories
Summary A Measure of Memory explores the importance of storytelling in articulating the vicissitudes of individual and communal identity in twentieth-century American Jewish fiction. Focusing primarily on the short story and on major figures such as Sholom Aleichem, Delmore Schwartz, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, J. D. Salinger, and Art Spiegelman, Victoria Aarons examines the characteristically self-reflexive narratives of Jewish literature, ranging from Hebrew scripture, the Jewish Enlightenment, and Yiddish literature to the postmodernism of Grace Paley and the feminism of Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Francine Prose, and Leslea Newman. Aarons demonstrates how, in telling their personal histories, characters in American Jewish fiction bear witness to the survival - if only in memory - of a community. Their stories speak to a shared defeat and achievement and thus to a shared but evolving cultural ethos
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject American fiction -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
Group identity in literature.
Jews in literature.
Jews -- In literature.
Jews -- United States -- Identity.
Memory in literature.
Judaism and literature -- United States -- History.
Memory -- In literature.
Storytelling -- United States.
LC no. 95013362
ISBN 082031773X (alk. paper)