Anglophone Jewish Literatures (Routledge Studies in by Axel Stähler

By Axel Stähler

Anglophone Jewish literature isn't really often numbered one of the new literatures in English. particularly, Jewish literary creation in English has conventionally been labeled as ‘hyphenated’ and has hence no longer but been subjected as such to the scrutiny of students of literary or cultural historical past.

The number of essays addresses this lack and initiates the scholarly exploration of transnational and transcultural Anglophone Jewish literature as one of many New English Literatures. with no trying to impose what would appear to be a inaccurate conceptual solidarity at the many-facetted box of Anglophone Jewish literature, the ebook is predicated on a plurality of theoretical frameworks. Alert to the effective friction among those discourses, which it goals to elicit, it confronts Jewish literary experiences with postcolonial reviews, cultural stories, and different modern theoretical frameworks.

Featuring contributions from one of the best-known students within the fields of British and American Jewish literature, together with Bryan Cheyette and Emily Miller Budick, this assortment transcends borders of either countries and educational disciplines and takes into consideration cultural and old affinities and modifications of the Anglophone diaspora that have contributed to the formation and improvement of the English-language phase of Jewish literature.

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There is no conclusion in this volume because it has been conceived as a beginning, and its individual contributions are meant to initiate, not to foreclose, the dialogue on Anglophone Jewish literature. Finally, it should be said that I am feeling very ambiguously about this book being party to denying Anglophone Jewish writers their mere ‘humanity’. In The Counterlife, Philip Roth echoes Jean-Paul Sartre’s question whether Jews, if they existed at all, were to be considered foremost as Jews or as human beings.

The impossibility of not writing, the impossibility of writing German, the impossibility of writing differently. One might also add a fourth impossibility, the impossibility of writing’ (289). Ironically, with regard to Anglophone Jewish literature, nowadays the fourth impossibility appears to be suffered by a number of writers in Israel, as has been pointed out by Karen Alkalay-Gut. Yet in turn, as Karen Grumberg argues in her contribution to this volume (American) English lashes back at Hebrew by insinuating itself in many ways into the Jewish language of the Jewish land.

There may be many answers to this question or, perhaps, none. Yet, I am sure, that some approximations are to be found in that rich and varied body of Jewish literature on which this collection offers a few glimpses. Notes 1 A contraction of ‘location’ and the Latin ‘loquor’ (‘to talk, to speak’; cf. ‘locution’), this self-fashioned ‘neologism’ alludes to Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture (1994). It will subsequently be used to signify the inseparable connection of language and culture and to refer to the Jewish writers’ situation and self-positioning between languages and cultures.

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