Sounds of a New Generation

On Contemporary Jewish-American Literature

Deborah Wallrabenstein

Transcript-Verlag

Sounds of a New Generation

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Pub Date: December 2017

ISBN: 9783837639865

204 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Sounds of a New Generation

On Contemporary Jewish-American Literature

Deborah Wallrabenstein

Transcript-Verlag

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This book offers insights into the approaches of a new generation of Jewish American writers. Whether they reimagine their ancestors' "shtetl life" or invent their own kind of Jewishness, they have a common curiosity in what makes them Jewish. Is it because most of them are third-generation Americans who don't worry about assimilation as did their parents' generations? If so, how does the writing of recent Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union fit into the picture? Contra Irving Howe's prediction in 1977, Jewish American literature did not fade after immigration. It always finds new paths, drawing from the scope of Jewish life in America.

About the Author

Deborah Wallrabenstein completed her dissertation project at the department of Jewish studies at the University of Basel. She has studied at the Universities of Heidelberg and Massachusetts. She is deputy head of communications at the University Children's Hospital Basel, Switzerland.