Journal Article

Making it Mainstream: Montreal and the Canadian Jewish Poetic Tradition

Norman Ravvin

in Literature and Theology

Volume 24, issue 2, pages 121-136
Published in print June 2010 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online May 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frq020
Making it Mainstream: Montreal and the Canadian Jewish Poetic Tradition

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This essay examines the work and public careers of key Montreal Jewish poets, including A.M. Klein, Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen, with a consideration of the role of Yiddish and early Jewish neighbourhoods in the development of local culture. It considers, as well, poets such as Eli Mandel, Miriam Waddington and Kenneth Sherman in an effort to convey Montreal’s impact on poets from elsewhere in Canada, as well as to show how the city’s poetic tradition relates to the broader Canadian scene. The discussion focuses on themes of inheritance, religious life and thought, and on aspects of Jewish identity associated with language, mainstream culture and the Holocaust.

Journal Article.  5174 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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