The Contours of a Literature

Howe, Irving; Greenberg, Eliezer
August 1954
New Republic;8/9/54, Vol. 131 Issue 6, p17
This article focuses on Yiddish literature in the United States. The mere existence of Yiddish literature was itself a rebellion against the assumptions of Jewish orthodoxy. This rebelliousness of the Yiddish writers was quickened by more immediate, ideological stimulants. Both Zionism and Socialism offered visions of the good life or at least a better life; both made it seem legitimate to compare the condition of the Jews with the condition of other peoples, a comparison that radically undercut the earlier assumptions of Jewish life.


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