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 traditional process of defining Jewish American authors completely by way of their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and as an alternative contextualizes their fiction in the theological historical past of Jewish tradition. by way of intentionally emphasizing old 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 should be obvious as yet one more degree 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 imperative query of the style, and Cappell tackles this query 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 throughout the Jewish-American mind's eye: A Survey of Jewish-American Literature on Israel, 1928–1995
“With either authority and a unprecedented 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 United States. This e-book not just makes the case for the ongoing behavior of Jewish American writers to revisit their spiritual files, but in addition for cultural reviews 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 experiences 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