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Enlarging America: The Cultural Work of Jewish Literary Scholars, 1930-1990 (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

Susanne Klingenstein

Published by Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd)
ISBN 10: 0815605404 / ISBN 13: 9780815605409
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Title: Enlarging America: The Cultural Work of ...

Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd)

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Hardcover. 492 pages. An account of the first Jewish professors of humanities in US universities. Tracing their experiences, it reveals how Ivy League colleges in the early 20th century opened their doors to Jewish intellectuals and indicates how this integration transformed the thinking of these Jewish professors. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780815605409

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Synopsis: Beginning her story at Harvard University, Klingenstein describes the unique intellectual paths taken by scholars such as Harry Levin, Daniel Aaron, M. H. Abrams, Leo Marx, and Sacvan Bercovitch. At Columbia University, Klingenstein argues that the singular Jewish presence of Lionel Trilling shaped the minds and inspired the careers of Jewish intellectuals as different as Cynthia Ozick, Norman Podhoretz, Steven Marcus, and Carolyn Heilbrun. Once Jewish scholars had attained a strong foothold in literary academe, pioneering spirits such as Robert Alter and Ruth R. Wisse turned their attention from English and American to Jewish literature in Hebrew and Yiddish. Written as an interconnected series of twelve lucid and compelling portraits of major figures in the history of American literary criticism, this book illuminates the element of serendipity in culture-formation an exposes the social and intellectual forces at work in cultural change.

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