By Ezra Cappell
In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and areas it squarely in the greater context of yankee literature. Cappell departs from the normal procedure of defining Jewish American authors completely when it comes to their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and in its place contextualizes their fiction in the theological historical past of Jewish tradition. by way of 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 construction of Jews in the US should be visible as another degree of rabbinic statement at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people.
“This examine helpfully classifies a tradition 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 question head on. Cappell’s incisive, clever, and totally convincing exam of the theological underpinnings of the modern Jewish American mind's eye would certainly 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 in the course of the Jewish-American mind's eye: A Survey of Jewish-American Literature on Israel, 1928–1995
“With either authority and a unprecedented 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 US. This e-book not just makes the case for the ongoing behavior of Jewish American writers to revisit their spiritual information, but in addition for cultural reviews to incorporate the sedimentation of non secular tradition in its historicizing of yankee 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 college 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