Post-War Jewish Fiction: Ambivalence, Self Explanation and Transatlantic Connections

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Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 5, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 222 pages
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In this ground-breaking study, David Brauner explores the representation of Jewishness in key works by post-war British and American Jewish writers, identifying a transatlantic sensibility characterized by an insistent compulsion to explain themselves and their Jewishness in ambivalent terms. Through detailed readings of novels by American authors such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, and Arthur Miller, alongside those by lesser-known British writers such as Frederic Raphael, Jonathan Wilson, Howard Jacobson, and Clive Sinclair, certain common preoccupations emerge: gentiles who mistake themselves for Jews; Jewish hostility towards Nature; writing (and not writing) about the Holocaust, and the relationship between fact and fiction.

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David Brauner is Lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Reading, Berkshire.

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