Translating Israel: Contemporary Hebrew Literature and Its Reception in America (Google eBook)

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Syracuse University Press, 2001 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Reflects the rise of literature in modern-day Israel and the problematic reception of literature in America and within the American Jewish community. Israeli literature provides a unique lens for viewing the inner dynamics of this small but critically important society. In addition, its leading writers such as S. Y. Agnon, Yehuda Amichai, Amos Oz, and A. B. Yehoshua, among others, are recognized internationally as major world literary figures. Despite this international recognition, the rich literary tradition of Israeli literature has failed to reverberate and find significant readership or a following in America even among the American Jewish community. Alan L. Mintz traces the reception of Israeli literature in America from the 1970s to the present. He analyzes the influences that have shaped modern Israeli literature and reflects on the cultural differences that have impeded American and American Jewish appreciation of Israeli authors. Mintz then turns his attention to specific writers, examining their reception or lack thereof in America and places them within the emerging unfolding critical dialogue between the Israeli and American literary culture.
  

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Contents

Nostalgia and Apocalypse Israeli Literature in the 1970s
47
The Boom in Israeli Fiction An Overview
55
THE FACESOF AGMON
75
Introduction
77
Agnon as Modernist The Contours of a Career With Anne Golumb Hoffman
80
The Critique of the GermanJewish Ethos in Agnons Shira
102
Between Holocaust and Homeland Agnons The Sign as Inauguration Story
108
REWRITING THE ZIONIST NARRATIVE
131
The Unknown Appelfeld
136
Constructing and Deconstructing the Mystique of Sephardism in Yehoshuas Mr Mani and Journey to the End of the Millennium
172
David Grossmans Postmodernist Ambitions
192
Revising the Founders Telling and Retelling in Meir Shalevs The Blue Mountain
218
Hebrew Literature as a Source of Modern Jewish Thought
227
Epilogue
243
Notes
249
Index
255

Introduction
133

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About the author (2001)

Alan L. Mintz is Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

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