What Happened to Abraham?: Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction

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University of Delaware Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 181 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Return of the Covenant Or Whose Law Is It Anyway?
13
Biblical Revisions and Interruptions Bernard Malamuds Renaming of Law and Covenant
34
Is it GoodfortheJews or nogoodfortheJews? Philip Roths Registry of Jewish Consciousness
64
Ancient Acts of Love and Betrayal Ethan Canins Batorsag and Szerelem
82
The Orthodoxy Unbound or Moses in Suburbia Allegra Goodmans The Family Markowitz
104
The Legacy of the Disinherited Thane Rosenbaums Holocaust Fiction
132
Notes
159
Bibliography
173
Index
177
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Victoria Aarons is Professor of English at Trinity University, where she teaches courses on American Jewish and Holocaust Literature.

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