What Happened to Abraham?: Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction
What Happened to Abraham? Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction examines the ways in which contemporary American Jewish writers reinvent and reconfigure stories of the Hebraic covenant as a way of conceiving, negotiating, and redefining Jewish identity in America. In attempting to locate a place for Jewish identity at the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, American Jewish writers look to an imaginary memory to reengage a defining, central Jewish history that has, post-World War II, become diluted in American culture.
Biblical Revisions and Interruptions Bernard Malamuds Renaming of Law and Covenant
Is it GoodfortheJews or nogoodfortheJews? Philip Roths Registry of Jewish Consciousness
Ancient Acts of Love and Betrayal Ethan Canins Batorsag and Szerelem
The Orthodoxy Unbound or Moses in Suburbia Allegra Goodmans The Family Markowitz
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