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Author Hetényi, Zsuzsa.

Title In a maelstrom : the history of Russian-Jewish prose (1860-1940) / by Zsuzsa Hetényi
Published Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 316 pages)
Contents The concept of Russian-Jewish literature and its ambiguities -- One literature, in various languages -- Scattered attempts at definition -- Jewish literature in another language -- The three mother tongues of Russian Jewry -- The concept of Russian-Jewish literature and Jewish literature in another language -- Religion, nation, culture -- The history of Russian-Jewish prose (1860-1940) -- "Turbulent times" : the utopia of assimilation -- The Jewish haskala and Russian reforms : the start of acculturation -- Periodization of Russian-Jewish literature -- Russian-Jewish periodicals (1860-1934) -- The beginning of Russian-Jewish literature (before 1860) -- Osip Rabinovich -- Lev Levanda -- Grigorii Bogrov -- Yakov Rombro -- "In a Maelstrom" : after the pogroms -- The pogroms as a watershed -- Zionism, Socialism, emigration? -- Mordekhai Ben-Ami -- Naumov-Kogan -- Sergei Yaroshevskyy -- "At a crossroads" : choosing paths -- Organizations of Jewish culture -- Semion An-Sky -- Aleksandr Kipen -- David Aizman -- Semyon Yushkevich -- Pogrom in literature : strategies between the documentarian and the emotional approach -- "Motherland" and "cemetery" : climax and endgame -- The issue of "Jewish revolutionaries" -- "De-Judaization" and "Yiddishization" -- "There are Jews but there is no Jewish question" -- Isaac Babel -- Lev Lunts -- Andrei Sobol -- Semyon Hekht -- Mikhail Kozakov -- Vladimir Jabotinsky -- A look forward : Friedrich Gorenstein -- A pattern of narration in Jewish assimilation literature. The child's eye view : Isaac Babel in a Russian-Jewish, American and European literary context : a comparative conclusion -- "Childhood. At Grandmother's" -- Catalogue and images, images and parataxis, parataxis and tolerance -- "The story of my dovecot" -- Michael Gold and Isaac Babel -- Henry Roth and Isaac Babel -- Overstatement, exaggeration--fantasy--creativity ("First love" and "In the basement") -- Summary
Summary A concise history of Russian-Jewish literature, with special attention to the prose works. Russian-Jewish literature is discussed in four periods, showing what led to the turning points (1881-82, 1897, 1917). Hetényi demonstrates why the selected epoch (1860-1940) represents a separate strand outside both Russian and Jewish national literature. Based on the theoretical sources on the subject, the book establishes the criteria of the dual cultural affiliation. The survey of Russian-Jewish literature presents the pitfalls of assimilation and discusses different forms of anti-Semitism. After showing the oeuvre of 17 representative authors as a whole, the book analyzes a number of characteristic novels and short stories in terms of contemporary literary studies. In spite of their merits, several of the texts discussed have not been published in the last 80 years or are still available only in 19th-century journals
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-301) and index
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Subject Russian literature -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism
Russian prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Russian prose literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Russian & Former Soviet Union.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Jewish Studies.
Russian literature -- Jewish authors.
Russian prose literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781435616455
Other Titles Örvényben. English