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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940$
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Peter Boxall and Bryan Cheyette

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198749394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198749394.001.0001

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Jewish Fictions

Jewish Fictions

(p.347) 20 Jewish Fictions
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Nadia Valman

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the characteristic genres in which British-Jewish writers have worked in the post-war period. Beginning with the Jewish writers of the 1950s and 1960s, the chapter considers the ways that they use the form of the realist novel to document, mythologize, or lament social mobility. The impact of the Holocaust was increasingly part of public discourse from the 1970s. Jewish writers turned to satirical or comic fiction to confront the taboos and silences associated with this history. By the 1980s, when, for many Jews, links to Jewish history had been lost, Jewish fiction drew upon a new desire to recover the past, not in geographical but in genealogical terms.

Keywords:   Jewish fiction, British-Jewish writers, Holocaust, realist novel, satirical or comic fiction, Jewish history

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