The Writer Uprooted: Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature

Paperback | June 18, 2008

EditorAlvin H. Rosenfeld

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The Writer Uprooted is the first book to examine the emergence of a new generation of Jewish immigrant authors in America, most of whom grew up in formerly communist countries. In essays that are both personal and scholarly, the contributors to this collection chronicle and clarify issues of personal and cultural dislocation and loss, but also affirm the possibilities of reorientation and renewal. Writers, poets, translators, and critics such as Matei Calinescu, Morris Dickstein, Henryk Grynberg, Geoffrey Hartman, Eva Hoffman, Katarzyna Jerzak, Dov-Ber Kerler, Norman Manea, Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Lara Vapnyar, and Bronislava Volkova describe how they have coped creatively with the trials of displacement and the challenges and opportunities of resettlement in a new land and, for some, authorship in a new language.

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The Writer Uprooted is the first book to examine the emergence of a new generation of Jewish immigrant authors in America, most of whom grew up in formerly communist countries. In essays that are both personal and scholarly, the contributors to this collection chronicle and clarify issues of personal and cultural dislocation and loss, ...

Alvin H. Rosenfeld is Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and founder and former director of the Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies Program. He is author of Imagining Hitler (IUP, 1985) and A Double Dying: Reflections on Holocaust Literature (IUP, 1980). He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.72 inPublished:June 18, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219817

ISBN - 13:9780253219817

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction / Alvin H. Rosenfeld

Nomadic Language / Norman Manea
On Norman Manea's The Hooligan's Return / Matei Calinescu
Writing about Uprootedness / Henryk Grynberg
Exile as Life after Death in the Writings of Henryk Grynberg and Norman Manea / Katarzyna Jerzak
The Writer as Tour Guide / Lara Vapnyar
Questions of Identity: The New World of the Immigrant Writer / Morris Dickstein
A Displaced Scholar's Tale: The Jewish Factor / Geoffrey Hartman
Exile: Inside and Out / Bronislava Volková
From Country to Country: My Search for Home / Zsuzsanna Ozsvath
Finding a Virtual Home for Yiddish Poetry in Southern Indiana / Dov-Ber Kerler
Afterword / Eva Hoffman

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"[T]his is an immensely valuable collection of truly stimulating essays." -SHOFAR, Vol. 28, no. 1, 2009