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The New Diaspora

The New Diaspora

The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction

by Avinoam J. PattMark Shechner and Victoria Aarons
Paperback
Publication Date: 30/12/2014
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The Edward Lewis Wallant Award was founded by the family of Dr. Irving and Fran Waltman in 1963 and is supported by the University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. It is given annually to an American writer, preferably early in his or her career, whose fiction is considered significant for American Jews. In The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction, editors Victoria Aarons, Avinoam J. Patt, and Mark Shechner who have all served as judges for the award, present vital, original, and wide-ranging fiction by writers whose work has been considered or selected for the award. The resulting collection highlights the exemplary place of the Wallant Award in Jewish literature.

With a mix of stories and novel chapters, The New Diaspora reprints selections of short fiction from such well-known writers as Rebecca Goldstein, Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, Dara Horn, Julie Orringer, and Nicole Krauss. The first half of the anthology presents pieces by winnners of the Wallant award, focusing on the best work of recent winners. The New Diaspora's second half reflects the evolving landscape of American Jewish fiction over the last fifty years, as many authors working in America are not American by birth, and their fiction has become more experimental in nature. Pieces in this section represent authors with roots all over the world - including Russia (Maxim Shrayer, Nadia Kalman, and Lara Vapnyar), Latvia (David Bezmozgis), South Africa (Tony Eprile), Canada (Robert Majzels), and Israel (Avner Mandelman, who now lives in Canada).

This collection offers an expanded canon of Jewish writing in North America and foregrounds a vision of its variety, its uniqueness, its cosmopolitanism, and its evolving perspectives on Jewish life. It celebrates the continuing vitality and fresh visions of contemporary Jewish writing, even as it highlights its debt to history and embrace of collective memory. Readers of contemporary American fiction and Jewish cultural history will find The New Diaspora enlightening and deeply engaging.

Contributors Include: Edith Pearlman, Sara Houghteling, Eileen Pollack, Ehud Havazelet, Nicole Krauss, Jonathan Rosen, Joan Leegant, Dara Horn, Myla Goldberg, Harvey Grossinger, Thane Rosenbaum, Rebecca Goldstein, Melvin Bukiet, Tova Reich, Steve Stern, Francine Prose, Nadia Kalman, Maxim Shrayer, David Bezmozgis, Avner Mandelman, Joseph Epstein, Scott Nadelson, Margot Singer, Jonathan Safran Foer, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Gerald Shapiro, Joshua Henkin, Curt Leviant, Robert Majzels, Tony Eprile, Rachel Kadish, Nathan Englander, Lara Vapnyar, Julie Orringer, Joseph Skibell, Peter Orner, Jonathon Keats.
ISBN:
9780814340554
9780814340554
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
30-12-2014
Language:
English, English
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
688
Dimensions (mm):
254x178x41mm
Weight:
1.16kg

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