"Haunted in the New World is a superb, insightful, and acutely intelligent piece of work. It makes a real contribution to the understanding of ethnicity in general and Jewish American culture in particular." —Morris Dickstein In 1916 Abraham Cahan, editor of the Jewish daily The Forward, warned his Yiddish-speaking readers of the potential psychic dangers associated with their New World situation. "You will not be able to erase the old home from your heart," he cautioned his immigrant readers, transplanted from the shtetls and cities of Eastern Europe to exhilarating, if bewildering, multicultural New York. Building on Cahan's deeply personal reflection, Haunted in the New World maps the affective landscape of modern Jewish American culture. Drawing on scholarship in a range of disciplines, including the sociology of manners, the study of the role of foodways in the formation of ethnic identity, the psychoanalysis of shame and self-hatred, and the role of memory for those unsettled by the experience of migration, Donald Weber traces the impact of the tension between nostalgia for the world left behind and the desire to blend into American culture, as evidenced in a number of key texts in the canon of Jewish American expression. These range from early immigrant fiction and cinema, through the novels of Anzia Yezierska and Henry Roth, to Hollywood's representation of Jews in The Jazz Singer and Gentleman's Agreement, to Saul Bellow, Gertrude Berg (Molly Goldberg), and the comedians Milton Berle and Mickey Katz. Setting an array of figures and works in creative dialogue, Haunted in the New World offers a genealogy of those core emotions—shame and self-hatred, nostalgic longing and the impulse to forget—that organized much of 20th-century Jewish American expressive culture and transformed American culture at the same time.
Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs
Author: Donald Weber,Assistant Professor of English and Chair of the American Studies Program Donald Weber
Category: Social Science
Discusses how media technology impacts the Jewish experience. This title explores mid-twentieth-century ecumenical radio and television broadcasting, video documentation of life cycle rituals, and museum displays and tourist practices as means for engaging the Holocaust as a moral touchstone
Religion and Media in America
Author: Jeffrey Shandler
Publisher: NYU Press
Ständig wachsende Vielfalt der amerikanischen Literatur. Von den Puritanern bis zur Postmoderne beleuchtet das beliebte Standardwerk alle wichtigen Autoren und ihre Werke. Ausführliche Porträts der indianischen und der Chicano-Literatur, der afro-, jüdisch- und asiatisch-amerikanischen Literatur tragen dem für die Literatur Nordamerikas charakteristischen Phänomen der Multikulturalität Rechnung. Die 3. Auflage wurde um jüngste Entwicklungen ergänzt, wie z. B. die Literatur nach 9/11. Mit einem Kapitel zu Literaturkritik und feministischen Literaturstudien.
Author: Hubert Zapf
Category: Literary Criticism
1892 richteten Chicago und New York zum 400-jährigen Jubiläum der Entdeckung Amerikas pompöse Großveranstaltungen aus, die Christoph Kolumbus als US-amerikanischen Nationalhelden und Boten des Fortschritts feierten. 1992 hingegen war in den USA kein Jahr der patriotischen Mega-Events: Indianische, afroamerikanische und umweltpolitische Aktivisten machten mit Protesten auf die langfristigen sozialen, ökonomischen und ökologischen Konsequenzen von 1492 aufmerksam und kritisierten den einseitigen Eurozentrismus der Entdeckungsgeschichte. Was war geschehen? Kathleen Loock rekonstruiert, wie jüdische und italienische Einwanderer Kolumbus seit dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts als ethnische Legitimationsfigur reklamiert und so den aktuellen multikulturellen Anti-Mythos vorbereitet haben. Die umfangreiche Studie erschließt eine beeindruckende Fülle an Quellen und leistet einen wegweisenden Beitrag zur Kolumbusforschung und zur multilingualen Aufarbeitung US-amerikanischer Kulturgeschichte.
Vom Nationalhelden zur ethnischen Identifikationsfigur
Author: Kathleen Loock
Publisher: transcript Verlag
How Jews think about and work with objects is the subject of this fascinating study of the interplay between material culture and Jewish thought. Ken Koltun-Fromm draws from philosophy, cultural studies, literature, psychology, film, and photography to portray the vibrancy and richness of Jewish practice in America. His analyses of Mordecai Kaplan's obsession with journal writing, Joseph Soloveitchik's urban religion, Abraham Joshua Heschel's fascination with objects in The Sabbath, and material identity in the works of Anzia Yezierska, Cynthia Ozick, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, as well as Jewish images on the covers of Lilith magazine and in the Jazz Singer films, offer a groundbreaking approach to an understanding of modern Jewish thought and its relation to American culture.
Author: Ken Koltun-Fromm
Publisher: Indiana University Press
How have Jews reshaped their identities as Jews in the face of the radical newness called America? Julian Levinson explores the ways in which exposure to American literary culture -- in particular the visionary tradition identified with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman -- led American Jewish writers to a new understanding of themselves as Jews. Discussing the lives and work of writers such as Emma Lazarus, Mary Antin, Ludwig Lewisohn, Waldo Frank, Anzia Yezierska, I. J. Schwartz, Alfred Kazin, and Irving Howe, Levinson concludes that their interaction with American culture led them to improvise new and meaningful ways of being Jewish. In contrast to the often expressed view that the diaspora experience leads to assimilation, Exiles on Main Street traces an arc of return to Jewish identification and describes a vital and creative Jewish American literary culture.
Jewish American Writers and American Literary Culture
Author: Julian Levinson
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Category: Literary Collections
Category: Languages, Modern
Category: Yiddish imprints
The contributors to this volume treat pluralism as a concept that is historically and ideologically produced or, put another way, as a doctrine that is embedded within a range of political, civic, and cultural institutions. Their critique considers how religious difference is framed as a problem that only pluralism can solve. Working comparatively across nations and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism explore pluralism as a "term of art" that sets the norms of identity and the parameters of exchange, encounter, and conflict. Contributors locate pluralism's ideals in diverse sites Broadway plays, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and legal theories and demonstrate its shaping of political and social interaction in surprising and powerful ways. Throughout, they question assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its influence on the legal decisions that shape modern religious practice. Contributors do more than deconstruct this theory; they tackle what comes next. Having established the genealogy and effects of pluralism, they generate new questions for engaging the collective worlds and multiple registers in which religion operates.
Reimagining Religious Engagement
Author: Courtney Bender,Pamela E. Klassen
Publisher: Columbia University Press
In fiction and nonfiction, Asian Americans and Jewish Americans grapple with their "model minority" status and the contested nature of citizenship
Jewish and Asian American Writing
Author: Cathy Schlund-Vials
Category: Literary Criticism
Magazine of Jewish Culture
Yiddish is a rich, complex, and multilayered language, and that complexity is reflected in Yiddish culture. In The Oys of Yiddish, Edward S. Shapiro has gathered a collection of lively essays on Yiddish literature, music, film, and journalism in the United States. This accessible volume demonstrates the enduring value of Yiddish culture through its reliance on solidarity, its artistic adaptability, and its balance of secular and religious characteristics. Shapiro also addresses the problems that have arisen when this vibrant language has been misunderstood or stereotyped, in a book that is sure to delight anyone interested in American Jewish culture.
Essays on Yiddish Culture in the Golden Land
Author: Edward S. Shapiro
Publisher: University of Scranton Press
Covers numerous ethnic writers and their works. All major American ethnicities are covered: African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American.
Publisher: Salem PressInc
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Jewish identity in postmodern American culture
Author: Vincent Brook
Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
Category: American literature