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Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts$
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Ezra Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112030

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.001.0001

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Language, Literature and the Arts

Language, Literature and the Arts

(p.342) Language, Literature and the Arts
Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Ezra Mendelsohn

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at essays written between 1981 and 1993 and examines the range of topics presented in them—the fiction of David Fogel, the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, Hebrew prose in America, a comparison of the family as theme in the narratives of Franz Kafka, Saul Bellow, and S. Y. Agnon, literary responses to the Holocaust and more. The essays are arranged roughly in chronological order, giving a sense of the scope of cultural change that has produced this literature. In addition to essays on individual writers, sketched here are the challenges faced by an ancient language reborn as a medium for modern fiction, the migration of literary centers in the formative years of modern Hebrew writing, and the development of the Israeli novel.

Keywords:   David Fogel, Yehuda Amichai, Hebrew prose in America, Franz Kafka, Saul Bellow, S. Y. Agnon, Holocaust, Israeli novel

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