By Axel Stähler
Anglophone Jewish literature isn't really ordinarily numbered one of the new literatures in English. particularly, Jewish literary construction in English has conventionally been categorised as ‘hyphenated’ and has hence no longer but been subjected as such to the scrutiny of students of literary or cultural historical past.
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 no trying to impose what would appear to be a inaccurate conceptual harmony at the many-facetted box of Anglophone Jewish literature, the e-book is predicated on a plurality of theoretical frameworks. Alert to the effective friction among those discourses, which it goals to elicit, it confronts Jewish literary reviews with postcolonial stories, cultural reports, 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 historic affinities and ameliorations of the Anglophone diaspora that have contributed to the formation and improvement of the English-language phase of Jewish literature.
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According to Lawson, countering such otherness is a common Anglo-Jewish affiliation with the diasporic narrative of exile and deferred return to a textually-imagined homeland. He argues that Anglo-Jewish poetry tends to follow a Romantic tradition and often evinces a struggle for Romantic transcendence of quotidian circumstances in order to be free of tensions in the English diaspora. Lawson further suggests that, because Modernism continued the Romantic tradition of speaking for those marginalized by English literature and society, Anglo-Jewish poets who consider themselves exilic, such as John Rodker and Elaine Feinstein, self-consciously affiliate with Modernism.
Jewish bilingualism, which he compares to that of the colonized, Memmi considers to be dangerous because of its inherent potential for psychological conflict (1966: 162). The absence of a unique and stable language is equivalent, for Memmi, to the absence of any language at all (160), and the bilingualism of the colonized is thus interpreted by him as the symptom of a fragmentation which originates in their suppression and which has a marked effect on their cultural production (168). Obviously, from a transcultural or transnational perspective, bi- or even multilingualism are still categories which apply to the Jewish collective.
Reed argues that, ‘if Alex Haley had traced his father’s bloodline, he would have travelled 12 generations back to, not Gambia, but Ireland’ (Hollinger 1995: 19). 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.
Anglophone Jewish Literatures (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature) by Axel Stähler