Ezra Cappell's American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American PDF

By Ezra Cappell

Looks on the position of Jewish American fiction within the better context of yankee culture.

In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and areas it squarely in the higher context of yankee literature. Cappell departs from the traditional procedure of defining Jewish American authors exclusively by way of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and in its place contextualizes their fiction in the theological history of Jewish tradition. by means of intentionally emphasizing ancient and ethnographic hyperlinks to religions, spiritual texts, and traditions, Cappell demonstrates that twentieth-century and modern Jewish American fiction writers were codifying a brand new Talmud, an American Talmud, and argues that the literary construction of Jews in the United States may be noticeable as yet one more degree of rabbinic observation at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people.

“This research helpfully classifies a culture of yankee literature.” — American Jewish History

“Ezra Cappell’s American Talmud is a courageous book.” — American Literary Scholarship

“The query of the Jewishness of Jewish American writers is the important query of the style, and Cappell tackles this question head on. Cappell’s incisive, clever, and completely convincing exam of the theological underpinnings of the modern Jewish American mind's eye would certainly must be reckoned with because it cuts opposed to the grain of a lot modern literary feedback within the field.” — Andrew Furman, writer of Israel during the Jewish-American mind's eye: A Survey of Jewish-American Literature on Israel, 1928–1995

“With either authority and an extraordinary form of scholarly readability, Cappell connects the problems of Jewish modernity—identity, reminiscence, nature of evil, function of God in history—between Talmud and postmodernity in the United States. This ebook not just makes the case for the continued behavior of Jewish American writers to revisit their spiritual files, but additionally for cultural reviews to incorporate the sedimentation of non secular tradition in its historicizing of yank culture.” — Gloria L. Cronin, coeditor of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: illustration within the Postmodern World

Ezra Cappell is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Inter-American Jewish stories software on the college of Texas at El Paso.

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