Jerome Rothenberg's Experimental Poetry and Jewish Tradition

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Lehigh University Press, 2005 - History - 328 pages
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This monograph studies Jerome Rothenberg's experimental Jewish poetry. It investigates the poet's reappropriation of Jewish tradition by focusing on his appropriative strategies. Since these strategies are informed by the avant-garde and postmodernism, Rothenberg's oeuvre illustrates the concept, practice, and problematics of appropriation. This is the first academic book solely devoted to Rothenberg's writing. The author interprets his work in the context of the American avant-garde, the Jewish counterculture, and the recent resuscitation of kabbalah. Since American Jews' poetry has not been given much attention in literary or Jewish studies, this study of an experimental Jewish poet is pioneering. Not only does this book present an innovative methodology for examining contemporary Jewish writing, but it also deals with a number of general issues regarding the recovery of Jewish tradition and the construction of a contemporary American Jewish identity. Christine A. Meilicke is an independent scholar.

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Acknowledgments
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All Poets Are Jews
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Rothenbergs Reappropriation of Jewish Mysticism
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