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Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

Saul Noam Zaritt


Jewish American Writing and World Literature studies Jewish American writers’ relationships with the idea of world literature—how they place themselves within its boundaries, outside its purview, or, most often, in constant motion across and beyond its maps and networks. Writers such as Sholem Asch, Jacob Glatstein, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Anna Margolin, Saul Bellow, and Grace Paley all responded to a demand to write beyond local Jewish and American audiences and toward the world, as a global market and as a transnational ideal. At the same time, their work is deeply informed by an intimate con ... More

Keywords: Jewish American literature, Jewish literature, Yiddish, world literature, translation, Jewish studies, postcolonialism, globalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198863717
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198863717.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saul Noam Zaritt, author
Assistant Professor of Yiddish Literature, Harvard University, USA