Language, Literature and the Arts

Ezra Mendelsohn

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

Published in print April 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112030
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854608 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Contemporary Jewry

Language, Literature and the Arts

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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

Chapter.  6149 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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