By Ezra Cappell
In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and areas it squarely in the greater context of yank literature. Cappell departs from the normal method of defining Jewish American authors exclusively by way of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and as a substitute contextualizes their fiction in the theological background of Jewish tradition. through 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 construction of Jews in the United States will be noticeable as yet another degree of rabbinic observation at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish people.
“This learn 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 principal 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 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 an extraordinary type 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 US. This ebook not just makes the case for the continued behavior of Jewish American writers to revisit their non secular records, but in addition for cultural reports to incorporate the sedimentation of spiritual 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 reports application 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