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The Resource Call it English : the languages of Jewish American literature, Hana Wirth-Nesher

Call it English : the languages of Jewish American literature, Hana Wirth-Nesher

Label
Call it English : the languages of Jewish American literature
Title
Call it English
Title remainder
the languages of Jewish American literature
Statement of responsibility
Hana Wirth-Nesher
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Call It English identifies the distinctive voice of Jewish American literature by recovering the multilingual Jewish culture that Jews brought to the United States in their creative encounter with English. In transnational readings of works from the late-nineteenth century to the present by both immigrant and postimmigrant generations, Hana Wirth-Nesher traces the evolution of Yiddish and Hebrew in modern Jewish American prose writing through dialect and accent, cross-cultural translations, and bilingual wordplay. Call It English tells a story of preoccupation with pronunciation, diction, translation, the figurality of Hebrew letters, and the linguistic dimension of home and exile in a culture constituted of sacred, secular, familial, and ancestral languages. Through readings of works by Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Delmore Schwartz, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Aryeh Lev Stollman, and other writers, it demonstrates how inventive literary strategies are sites of loss and gain, evasion and invention. The first part of the book examines immigrant writing that enacts the drama of acquiring and relinquishing language in an America marked by language debates, local color writing, and nativism. The second part addresses multilingual writing by native-born authors in response to Jewish America's postwar social transformation and to the Holocaust. A profound and eloquently written exploration of bilingual aesthetics and cross-cultural translation, Call It English resounds also with pertinence to other minority and ethnic literatures in the United States. --Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
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Wirth-Nesher, Hana
Dewey number
810.9/8924
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.J4
LC item number
W57 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature
  • Jews
  • Judaism and literature
  • Language and languages in literature
  • Jews
  • Multilingualism
  • Bilingualism
  • Jews in literature
  • United States
Label
Call it English : the languages of Jewish American literature, Hana Wirth-Nesher
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [203]-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Accent marks: writing and pronouncing Jewish America. Pronouncing America, writing Jewish / Abraham Cahan, Delmore Schwartz, Grace Paley, Barnard Malamud -- "I like to shpeak plain, shee? Dot'sh a kin' a man I am!". Speech, dialect, and realism / Abraham Cahan -- "I learned at least to think in English without an accent". Linguistic passing / Mary Antin -- "Christ, it'a kid!"--Chad Godya. Jewish writing and modernism / Henry Roth -- "Here I am!"--Hineni. Partial and partisan translations / Saul Bellow -- "Aloud she uttered it"--Hashem. Pronouncing the sacred / Cynthia Ozick -- Sounding letters."And a river went out of Eden"--Philip Roth, Aryeh, Lev Stollman."Magnified and sanctified"--the Kaddish as first and last words
Control code
57682297
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 224 pages
Isbn
9780691121529
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2005043106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780691121529
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Call it English : the languages of Jewish American literature, Hana Wirth-Nesher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [203]-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Accent marks: writing and pronouncing Jewish America. Pronouncing America, writing Jewish / Abraham Cahan, Delmore Schwartz, Grace Paley, Barnard Malamud -- "I like to shpeak plain, shee? Dot'sh a kin' a man I am!". Speech, dialect, and realism / Abraham Cahan -- "I learned at least to think in English without an accent". Linguistic passing / Mary Antin -- "Christ, it'a kid!"--Chad Godya. Jewish writing and modernism / Henry Roth -- "Here I am!"--Hineni. Partial and partisan translations / Saul Bellow -- "Aloud she uttered it"--Hashem. Pronouncing the sacred / Cynthia Ozick -- Sounding letters."And a river went out of Eden"--Philip Roth, Aryeh, Lev Stollman."Magnified and sanctified"--the Kaddish as first and last words
Control code
57682297
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 224 pages
Isbn
9780691121529
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2005043106
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780691121529
Other physical details
illustrations

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