SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

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Belonging Too Well

Shows how Ozick’s characters attempt to mediate a complex Jewish identity, one that bridges the differences between traditional Judaism and secular American culture.

Where We Find Ourselves

Explores the universal longing for home, illuminated through the essays, poetry, and fiction of forty Jewish women writers from around the world.

Poets on the Edge

Edited and translated by Tsipi Keller
Introduction by Aminadav Dykman
Subjects: General Interest
Series: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture

Selections from twenty-seven Hebrew poets, many of whose poems appear here in English for the first time.

American Talmud

Looks at the role of Jewish American fiction in the larger context of American culture.

Shared Stages

Ten contemporary plays that dramatize the volatile relationships between Blacks and Jews in American society.

A Spiritual Life

Includes new and updated material, as well as a readers’ guide with questions for writing and discussion groups.

Landmark Yiddish Plays

Introduces readers to comic and tragic masterpieces spanning 150 years of Yiddish drama.

Mocking the Age

Explores the comic devices Roth uses to satirize his times, the Jewish community, and himself.

Jewish American and Holocaust Literature

Deepens and enriches our understanding of the Jewish literary tradition and the implications of the Shoah.

Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish

Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.

Shattered Vessels

The first book-length study of the Israeli novelist David Shahar.

Joining the Sisterhood

Essays and poems that offer insight into what it means to be a young Jewish woman today.

Over the Rooftops of Time

Wide-ranging and poignant reflections on literature, art, science, and memory.

Somber Lust

A comprehensive study of Israel’s most internationally celebrated writer.

The Magic Worlds of Bernard Malamud

Offers personal recollections of and critical perspectives on this major American author.

Ideology and Jewish Identity in Israeli and American Literature

Israeli and American critics debate what constitutes Jewish identity in modern Jewish literature.

Living Root

In this literary memoir, poet and essayist Michael Heller interweaves family and personal history with reflections on language, poetry, religion, and memory itself.

Not One of Them in Place

Explores the ways in which Jewish American poetry engages persistent questions of modern Jewish identity.

Memory and Mastery

Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.

Imagining Each Other

Explores the complex ways in which Blacks and Jews have portrayed each other in recent American literature.

Dreaming the Actual

This anthology of contemporary fiction and poetry by Israeli women writers includes works originally written in Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English.

Biblical Parables and Their Modern Re-creations

Offers a penetrating cross-cultural analysis of the enduring genre of parables, revealing a dramatic social, cultural, and political shift in the way we view the divine.

The Girls

Tells the stories of the Jewish women who came of age in Brownsville, Brooklyn, in the 1940s and 1950s--the choices they made, and the boundaries within which they made them.

A Brush with Death

Recounts the author’s experiences during the Holocaust, from the time of the Nazi invasion of Poland to the liberation of the Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Red Army in 1945.

Children of Job

An original contribution to Holocaust studies that demonstrates the theological and psychosocial issues emerging in novels and films by sons and daughters of survivors.

Voicing the Void

Explores the connections between muteness and the complicated acts of survival, testimony, memory, and interpretation, through focused readings of Holocaust fiction by Kosinski, Wiesel, Tournier, Ida Fink, and others.

Israel Through the Jewish-American Imagination

Examines eight Jewish-American writers--Meyer Levin, Leon Uris, Saul Bellow, Hugh Nissenson, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, Anne Roiphe, and Tova Reich--who have "imagined" Israel in their work.

Philip Roth and the Jews

Examines Philip Roth's use of Jewish ideas and materials in his novels, considering also the responses to Roth's work and his relations with the Jewish community and contemporary Jewish writers.

Transferring to America

This book uses recent psychoanalytic theory to analyze the work of three contemporary scholars--Harold Bloom, Stanley Cavell, and Sacvan Bercovitch--while viewing their work as expressing Jewish immigrant desires for integration into American culture.

Classic Yiddish Fiction

Revisits fiction by the three major Yiddish authors who wrote between 1864 and 1916, exploring their literary and social worlds.

Rethinking Jewish Faith

This book addresses the faith of a member of the "Second Generation"—the offspring of the original survivors of the Shoah . It is a re-examination of those categories of faith central to the Jewish ...

Summoning

This book explores the variety of ways that the Jewish understanding of the Covenant relates to the notion of a contract or a shared grammar as developed in recent structural and post-structural theory. ...

Tradition and Innovation

This book studies the rich repository of Latin American Jewish literature, exploring the issues of vanishing traditions along with the subject of assimilation and acculturation. It places in sharp relief ...

The Ritual of New Creation

Finkelstein examines a wide range of recent Jewish writing, including poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, in order to determine the changes such writing has undergone in its exposure to modern and ...

Accidents of Influence

For Norma Rosen, the Holocaust is the central event of the twentieth century. In this book, she examines the relationship of post-Holocaust writers to their work in terms of subject, language, imagery, ...

Between Exile and Return

This innovative study of the modern Hebrew writer, S. Y. Agnon, offers new insight into his literary transformations of Jewish themes and sources. With particular attention to Kafka, Hoffman situates ...

Voices of Israel

Cohen takes an in-depth critical look at three novelists and two poets who stand at the forefront of contemporary Israeli literature, and whose works have been widely read, studied, and admired in the ...

They Made Their Souls Anew

This is an original, philosophical discussion in which Andreå Neher relates the lives of prominent nineteenth- and twentieth-century Jews to traditional Jewish thought on issues of assimilation, the ...

Bearing the Unbearable

This book is a pioneering study of Yiddish and Polish-Jewish concentration camp and ghetto poetry. It reveals the impact of the immediacy of experience as a formative influence on perception, response, ...

Freud's Dream of Interpretation

Frieden explores methods of dream interpretation in the Bible, the Talmud, and in the writings of Sigmund Freud, and brings to light Freud's troubled relationship to his Judaic forerunners. This book ...

The Writing of Yehuda Amichai

Yehuda Amichai is an Israeli poet of international distinction. Known as Israel's "master poet," Amichai conveys a portrait of life in modern Israel, summarizing and reflecting all the major preoccupations ...

Passionate Women, Passive Men

Suicide is always a controversial issue. Among Jews, it is often taboo. Stereotypically, Jews do not commit suicide; certainly, they do not discuss it. Passionate Women, Passive Men: Suicide in Yiddish ...

Israeli Mythogynies

This book is the first to systematically examine the representation of women by mainstream Hebrew authors from the Palmah Generation to the New Wave. Fuchs' unique analytical method exposes the male-centered ...

Modern Midrash

This book explores a central phenomenon in the development of modern Jewish literature: the retelling of tradtional Jewish narratives by twentieth-century writers. It shows how and toward what ends Biblical stories, legends, and Hasidic tales have been used in shaping modern Hebrew literature.

Apocalyptic Messianism and Contemporary Jewish-American Poetry

Focusing on the rich context of esoteric Jerish literature, this collection presents in-depth analyses of Jewish-American poetry. Gitenstein defines Jewish messianism and the literary genre of the apocalyptic, ...

Beyond Marginality

In a unique study of Anglo-Jewish writers in the post-war period, Dr. Sicher traces through their works the story of the rise of the Jewish community from slum poverty to suburban affluence. This period ...

Crisis and Covenant

Explores how Jewish American writers have grappled with the enormity of the Holocaust.

Fear of Fiction

David Neal Miller's Fear of Fiction is the first book-length study that begins with the understanding that Singer is truly a Yiddish writer in language and culture. With the exception of a handful of ...

New Jewish Voices

New Jewish Voices presents the first anthology of modern Jewish-American drama. These highly acclaimed plays, previously produced by New York City's nationally-renowned Jewish Repertory Theatre, offer ...

The Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Jewish Communities of Morocco, 1862-1962

The Alliance Israélite Universelle—an international organization representing a community of over 240,000 Jews—was founded in France in 1860. Its goal was to achieve the intellectual regeneration ...

Stories by Meir Blinkin

Now available for the first time to the English-speaking public, the captivating short stories of master storyteller Meir Blinkin are the charming prose equivalents of the film Hester Street. These delightful ...

The Jews of Vienna, 1867-1914

Ablaze with excitement, effervescent with creativity—late nineteenth-century Vienna was the ideal site for this analysis of the ways in which a sizable and significant group of Jews was assimilated ...

From Stereotype to Metaphor

Who is a Jew? What is a Jew? In this all-encompassing study, Dr. Schiff probes these questions to help explain the prominence of Jewish characters in drama since World War II. The Jew has evolved into ...

The Slayers of Moses

In this groundbreaking study, Susan Handelman examines the theological roots of the modern science of interpretation. She defines current structures of thought and patterns of organizing reality, clearly ...

Making of an Ethnic Middle Class

The Making of an Ethnic Middle Class explains how European Jews of diverse cultural and social backgrounds coalesced over four generations into a middle-class community. By utilizing numerous oral histories ...

Versions of Survival

Versions of Survival focuses on the efforts to rehabilitate the human image after it has been tempered in the crucible of the Holocaust. It examines the ways in which psychology, language, and literary ...

Israeli Humor

Derived from the Arabic word for "lie," the word "chizbat" was chosen by members of the Palmah to designate the particular form of narrative joke exchanged by these volunteer defenders of Jewish settlements ...