Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections by Jonathan N. BarronJewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections by Jonathan N. Barron

Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections

EditorJonathan N. Barron, Eric Murphy Selinger

Paperback | July 1, 2000

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From Emma Lazarus to Allen Ginsberg, Jewish American poets have long been a presence in American poetry. Once a group of isolated voices, their number and range has grown in the last 50 years to reveal a distinct American poetic tradition. The first complete guide to the diversity and vitality of this tradition, Jewish American Poetry features poems by 26 leading poets (some written especially for this volume) followed by the poets' own reflections on the Jewish and American aspects of their work. The second half of the book gathers ten wide-ranging essays on the history and scope of Jewish American poetry, offering an unprecedented introduction to its Yiddish and Sephardic heritage, its distinctive poetics of commentary, its Kabbalists, its feminists, and more. With a general introduction that places this literature in the contexts of both Jewish culture and American poetry, Jewish American Poetry opens the door to a much-needed discussion of the significance of the Jewish voice in American literature.
JUDITH R. BASKIN is Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. She is author of Pharaoh's Counsellors (1983) and editor of Jewish Women in Historical Perspective (Second edition, 1998) and Women of the Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing (1994).
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Title:Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and ReflectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 1.03 inPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Brandeis University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1584650435

ISBN - 13:9781584650430

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Table of Contents

Contributors: Amiel Alcalay, Charles Bernstein, Chana Bloch, Michael Castro, Marcia Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Albert Goldbarth, Allen Grossman, Marilyn Hacker, Anthony Hecht, John Hollander, Rodger Kamenetz, Maxine Kumin, Philip Levine, Jacqueline Osherow, Alicia Ostriker, Bob Perelman, Marge Piercy, Hilda Raz, Jerome Rothenberg, Howard Schwartz, Alan Shapiro, Hal Sirowitz, Gerald Stern, C.K. Williams, Eleanor Wilner

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From Emma Lazarus to Allen Ginsberg, Jewish American poets have long been a presence in American poetry. Once a group of isolated voices, their number and range has grown in the last 50 years to reveal a distinct American poetic tradition. The first complete guide to the diversity and vitality of this tradition, Jewish American Poetry features poems by 26 leading poets (some written especially for this volume) followed by the poets' own reflections on the Jewish and American aspects of their work. The second half of the book gathers ten wide-ranging essays on the history and scope of Jewish American poetry, offering an unprecedented introduction to its Yiddish and Sephardic heritage, its distinctive poetics of commentary, its Kabbalists, its feminists, and more. With a general introduction that places this literature in the contexts of both Jewish culture and American poetry, Jewish American Poetry opens the door to a much-needed discussion of the significance of the Jewish voice in American literature.“Jewish American Poetry is a singularly important and useful anthology. It combines a superb selection of poems with specific commentaries on them by their authors — something old and something new that is also deeply Jewish in its essential relation between text and commentary. This informed and original anthology will become an invaluable source both for scholars and lovers of poetry.” - Dana Gioia