By Ezra Cappell

Looks on the function of Jewish American fiction within the greater context of yank 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 normal strategy of defining Jewish American authors completely by way of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and as a substitute contextualizes their fiction in the theological historical past of Jewish tradition. via intentionally emphasizing historic and ethnographic hyperlinks to religions, non secular 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 US can be visible as yet one more level of rabbinic statement at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people.

“This learn helpfully classifies a tradition 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 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 definitely 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 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, position of God in history—between Talmud and postmodernity in the USA. This booklet not just makes the case for the continued behavior of Jewish American writers to revisit their non secular data, 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 application on the college of Texas at El Paso.

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