By Ezra Cappell
Seems on the position of Jewish American fiction within the better context of yankee culture.
In American Talmud, Ezra Cappell redefines the style of Jewish American fiction and locations it squarely in the higher context of yankee literature. Cappell departs from the traditional method 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 means of intentionally emphasizing ancient and ethnographic hyperlinks to religions, non secular 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 should be obvious as another degree of rabbinic remark at the scriptural inheritance of the Jewish humans.
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American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction by Ezra Cappell