The Writer Uprooted

The Writer Uprooted : Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature

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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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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253219817
  • 9780253219817
  • 2,110,821

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[T]his is a worthwhile read. . . . Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, general readers.March 2009 * Choice * [T]his is an immensely valuable collection of truly stimulating essays. Vol. 28, no. 1, 2009 * SHOFAR * What binds the writers in this book together, despite their varied approaches to exile and emigration, is that they all moved from one place and ideological system - the Soviet Union and Communist eastern Europe - to another, the United States, where they each have found quite successful personal and professional homes as writer, thinkers and tenured professors. This is no small feat for a fiction writer. . . Perhaps this is one of the volume's unwitting arguments: late twentieth/early twenty-first-century America is now or has once again become the cosmopolitan reservoir of so much Jewish literary creativity.Vol. 39.2 August 2009 -- David Shneer * University of Colorado * This engrossing volume brings evocative personal accounts of displacement-physical, emotional, and particularly linguistic-by contemporary writers like Norman Manea, Lara Vapnyar, and Geoffrey Hartman.Spring 2009 * Jewish Book World *
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About Alvin H. Rosenfeld

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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Table of contents

ContentsIntroduction / Alvin H. RosenfeldNomadic Language / Norman ManeaOn Norman Manea's The Hooligan's Return / Matei CalinescuWriting about Uprootedness / Henryk GrynbergExile as Life after Death in the Writings of Henryk Grynberg and Norman Manea / Katarzyna JerzakThe Writer as Tour Guide / Lara VapnyarQuestions of Identity: The New World of the Immigrant Writer / Morris DicksteinA Displaced Scholar's Tale: The Jewish Factor / Geoffrey HartmanExile: Inside and Out / Bronislava VolkovaFrom Country to Country: My Search for Home / Zsuzsanna OzsvathFinding a Virtual Home for Yiddish Poetry in Southern Indiana / Dov-Ber KerlerAfterword / Eva HoffmanList of ContributorsIndex
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