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American Jewish Fiction Turns Inward

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Sylvia Barack Fishman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Literature)

Keywords: Spirituality; Literature; Jewish Text; Jewish Culture

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This essay examines recent fiction which draws on Jewish resources and/or deals with Jewish themes. Special attention is devoted to stories and novels that focus on Jewish religious or spiritual issues. The essay begins with a brief documentation of the broad scope of renewed interest in Jewish topics on the American Jewish literary scene; then it proceeds to an analysis of spiritual American Jewish fiction through a close look at several significant works. Finally, the essay explores possible reasons for the receptivity of reading audiences to particularistic Jewish fiction and suggests potential directions of such literature in the near future.

In American Jewish Yearbook 1991, pp. 35-69.