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Author LinkBurstein, Janet.
Title LinkTelling the little secrets : American Jewish writing since the 1980s / Janet Burstein.
Imprint Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006.
Description xv, 264 p. ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book GV
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-248) and index.
Contents 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 Handler Burstein argues that American Jewish writers since the 1980s have created a significant literature by wrestling with the troubled legacy of trauma and exile. Some of these writers - children of survivors - look through the lens of the Holocaust to understand how to live with the residue of trauma. Others consider how massive losses can shape a sense of "home," how the European past shapes Jewish ideas of gender, and how ancient Jewish texts still shape modern Jewish thought. To understand these and other themes, Burstein has turned to the analytical tools of many different disciplines, from historiography and study of midrash to gender studies.
Subject LinkAmerican literature -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
LinkJudaism and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
LinkAmerican literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
LinkJews -- United States -- Intellectual life.
LinkJudaism in literature.
LinkJews in literature.

System Number 000671023
ISBN Link0299212408 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link9780299212407 (cloth : alk. paper)

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