Telling the Little Secrets

Telling the Little Secrets

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Janet Burstein argues that American Jewish writers since the 1980s have created a significant literature by wrestling with the troubled legacy of trauma, loss, and exile. Their ranks include Cynthia Ozick, Todd Gitlin, Art Spiegelman, Pearl Abraham, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Jonathan Rosen, and Gerda Lerner. Whether confronting the massive losses of the Holocaust, the sense of a€œhomea€ in exile, or the continuing power of Jewish memory, these Jewish writers search for understanding within a€œthe little secretsa€ of their dark, complicated, and richly furnished past.The essay a€œinstructsa€ collective memory by discerning in the old story a meaning that honors not only the classical rabbinic ... A harrowing sense of loss is everywhere in these essays; in some cases it even reshapes the form of the personalanbsp;...

Title:Telling the Little Secrets
Author: Janet Handler Burstein
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2006-03-01

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