Putting the "Jewish" Back in "Jewish American Fiction": A Look at Jewish American Fiction from 1977 to 2002 and an Allegorical Reading of Nathan Englander's "The Gilgul of Park Avenue"

Meyer, Adam
April 2004
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies;Spring2004, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p104
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
It is now 25 years have now passed since Irving Howe made his famous statement that "Jewish American fiction has probably moved past its high point," and no doubt some would argue that time has proven him right, that no younger writer has yet equaled the career of Saul Bellow. Nevertheless, it also seems safe to say that any reports of the complete demise of Jewish American fiction—such as Leslie Fiedler's lesser known comment that "the Jewish American novel is over and done with, a part of history rather than a living literature," were greatly exaggerated.


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