By Axel Stähler
Anglophone Jewish literature isn't really characteristically numbered one of the new literatures in English. fairly, Jewish literary creation in English has conventionally been labeled as ‘hyphenated’ and has as a result no longer but been subjected as such to the scrutiny of students of literary or cultural heritage.
The choice of essays addresses this lack and initiates the scholarly exploration of transnational and transcultural Anglophone Jewish literature as one of many New English Literatures. with out trying to impose what would appear to be a inaccurate conceptual team spirit at the many-facetted box of Anglophone Jewish literature, the e-book relies on a plurality of theoretical frameworks. Alert to the effective friction among those discourses, which it goals to elicit, it confronts Jewish literary reports with postcolonial reviews, cultural stories, and different modern theoretical frameworks.
Featuring contributions from one of the best-known students within the fields of British and American Jewish literature, together with Bryan Cheyette and Emily Miller Budick, this assortment transcends borders of either countries and educational disciplines and takes under consideration cultural and old affinities and variations of the Anglophone diaspora that have contributed to the formation and improvement of the English-language phase of Jewish literature.
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But the same token, it also seems to me that the phenomenon of the ‘double diaspora’ of Anglophone Jewish writers in Israel may, in turn, sustain the claim that it is, indeed, reasonable to make the distinction of a Jewish literature in English, precisely because it links those authors with their cultural rather than with their chosen national homeland – bridging the ‘divide’ discerned by Emily Miller Budick between the secular, intellectual Jewish communities in Israel and America (2001: 2) and, by extrapolation, in other Anglophone countries – and because the cultural affinities of the countries of the Anglophone diaspora are sustained in the Israeli setting by their work and by their interrelation.
This Hollinger refers to as ‘Haley’s Choice’. Haley chose not to trace his father’s ancestry back to Ireland but took the matrilineal route to Gambia.
In the ensuing period of national reconstruction, Lenta suggests, the constituent groups are likely to downplay their cultural differences even if this means losing a part of their inheritance and in this phase of the process of hybridization, South African literature, especially the literature of particular ethnic groups, is likely to change its character. Focusing first on the work of Nadine Gordimer and that of some Jewish writers (Joe Slovo, Ronnie Kasrils and Albie Sachs) who were exiled or silenced before 1990, Lenta then discusses the work also of the younger generation of Jewish writers (Karen Press and Damon Galgut) and suggests that Jewishness, in the sense which it might have had in the early decades of the twentieth century, is ceasing to matter in postcolonial South Africa.
Anglophone Jewish Literatures (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature) by Axel Stähler