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Author Burstein, Janet.

Title Telling the little secrets : American Jewish writing since the 1980s / Janet Burstein
Published Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 264 pages)
Contents Riddling identity : the gates of Roth -- Writing the pathos of belatedness : second generation memoirs -- Voice and mourning in the aftermath : second generation fictions -- Recalling "home" from exile : revisiting the past -- Portnoy's successors : gendered ethnicity and the embodying of Jewish men -- Becoming rubies : engendering Jewish women -- Midrash as undertow : looking back and moving on
Summary Janet Burstein argues that American Jewish writers since the 1980s have created a significant literature by wrestling with the troubled legacy of trauma, loss, and exile. Their ranks include Cynthia Ozick, Todd Gitlin, Art Spiegelman, Pearl Abraham, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Jonathan Rosen, and Gerda Lerner. Whether confronting the massive losses of the Holocaust, the sense of "home" in exile, or the continuing power of Jewish memory, these Jewish writers search for understanding within "the little secrets" of their dark, complicated, and richly furnished past.--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-248) and index
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Subject American literature -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Jews in literature.
Jews -- United States -- Intellectual life.
Judaism and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Judaism in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0299212432 (electronic bk.)
9780299212438 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
Other Titles American Jewish writing since the 1980s