Postmodern Love in the Contemporary Jewish Imagination: Negotiating Spaces and Identities

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Offering a radical critique of contemporary Israeli and diaspora fiction by major writers of the generation after Amos Oz and Philip Roth, this book asks searching questions about identity formation in Jewish spaces in the twenty-first century and posits global, transnational identities instead of the bipolar Israel/diaspora model. The chapters put into conversation major authors such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Michael Chabon, and Nathan Englander with their Israeli counterparts Zeruya Shalev, Eshkol Nevo, and Etgar Keret and shows that they share common themes and concerns. Read through a postmodern lens, their preoccupation with failed marriage and failed ideals brings to the fore the crises of home, nation, historical destiny, and collective memory in contemporary secular Jewish culture. At times provocative, at others iconoclastic, this innovative study must be read by anyone concerned with Jewish culture and identity today, whether scholars, students, or the general reader.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)9781003229582
ISBN (Print)9781032135045
StatePublished - 18 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Jewish Studies Series
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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