American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American by Ezra Cappell
By Ezra Cappell
Seems on the position of Jewish American fiction within the better context of yank culture.
In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and areas it squarely in the greater context of yank literature. Cappell departs from the normal strategy of defining Jewish American authors completely when it comes to their ethnic origins and sociological constructs, and in its place contextualizes their fiction in the theological historical past of Jewish tradition. by way of intentionally emphasizing ancient and ethnographic hyperlinks to religions, spiritual texts, and traditions, Cappell demonstrates that twentieth-century and modern Jewish American fiction writers were codifying a brand new Talmud, an American Talmud, and argues that the literary construction of Jews in the USA could be visible as another degree of rabbinic statement at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish humans.
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