By Ezra Cappell
In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and areas it squarely in the higher context of yank literature. Cappell departs from the traditional process of defining Jewish American authors exclusively by way of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and as an alternative contextualizes their fiction in the theological historical past of Jewish tradition. via intentionally emphasizing historic 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 creation of Jews in the United States will be visible as yet another level of rabbinic remark at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people.
“This research helpfully classifies a lifestyle of yank 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 crucial query of the style, and Cappell tackles this query head on. Cappell’s incisive, clever, and totally convincing exam of the theological underpinnings of the modern Jewish American mind's eye would definitely need to 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 ongoing behavior of Jewish American writers to revisit their non secular information, but in addition 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 reviews software on the collage of Texas at El Paso.
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American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction (SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture) by Ezra Cappell