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Contents Acknowledgments ÊÊ9 1. The Return of the Covenant: Or, Whose Law is it, Anyway? Ê13 2. Biblical Revisions and Interruptions: Bernard Malamud's Renaming of Law and Covenant Ê34 3. Is it "Good-for-the-Jews or no-good-for-the-Jews"?: Philip Roth's Registry of Jewish Consciousness Ê64 4. Ancient Acts of Love and Betrayal: Ethan Canin's "Batorsag and Szerelem" Ê82 5. The Orthodoxy Unbound, or Moses in Suburbia: Allegra Goodman's The Family Markowitz 104 6. The Legacy of the Disinherited: Thane Rosenbaum's Holocaust Fiction 132 Notes 159 Bibliography 173 Index 177 Acknowledgments I would like to thank Trinity University for granting me both a Faculty Summer Stipend and an Academic Leave in support of my research for this project. So, too, would I like to acknowledge the two anonymous readers of my manuscript for their encouraging and supportive comments on my book while still in manuscript form. Working on this book has been nothing but a pleasure, in large part because of my ongoing association with my colleagues and friends who gather each year at the Jewish American/Holocaust Literature Conference, sponsored by the American Literature Association and Florida Atlantic University's Judaic and Holocaust Studies Program. My participation in ongoing discussions on the range and complexities of Jewish literature and culture that take place there, matters both current and historical, has helped me enormously in the generation and articulation of my ideas for this book. This confer- ence, initially organized by Gloria L. Cronin and Daniel Walden and later shaped by others, most notably Andrew Furman, who brought to the conference new voices among American Jewish fiction writers, has provided an invaluable forum for animated discussion, one unreservedly given to dispute, happily quarrelsome, but always entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking. I would especially like to thank those whose unwavering support of my work has helped bring to clarity so many of my ideas in-the- making, in particular Ben Siegel, Evelyn Avery, and Lillian Kremer. Peter Balbert, Chair of the Department of English during the time which I was writing the book, offered unfailing support of the project throughout. I would also like to acknowledge, with great affection and appreciation, family and friends whose stories and lives have come to shape my own and who have enriched my perception of generational continuity and change, especially Ted and Queta Aarons, John David Aarons, Shirley Prosnit, Lawrence Kimmel, William Breit, and Pauline and the late Walter Adams. Chapter 3, "Is It ÔGood-for-the-Jews or No-Good-for-the-Jews'?: Philip Roth's Registry of Jewish Consciousness," originally appeared in Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (Fall 2000): 7/ 18, the editor of which has kindly granted me permission to reprint in somewhat altered form. I would like to thank Jay L. Halio, Special Issue Editor for this volume on Philip Roth for his close reading and for his most helpful suggestions during the early stages of the essay's design. I would also like to express my appreciation to Joseph C. Landis, editor of Modern Jewish Studies for warmly granting me permission to reprint chapter 4, "Ancient Acts of Love and Betrayal: Ethan Canin's ÔBatorsag and Szerelem,' " which initially appeared in Modern Jewish Studies 11 (1999): 15/36. Sections from chapter 5 have been published in altered form as "The Covenant Unraveling: The Pathos of Cultural Loss in Allegra Goodman's Fiction," in SHOFAR (vol. 22, no. 3 Spring 2004), and I am grateful to the editor for warmly and readily granting me permission to reprint those parts here. My deepest gratitude, as always, goes to Willis A. Salomon, who al- ways knows what I mean to say, even when I can't quite say it, and who has read every word at least twice. He, too, has come to believe, as does Bernard Malamud's Manischevitz, that, indeed, "there are Jews everywhere."
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American fiction -- Jewish authors -- History and criticism.
Jews -- United States -- Intellectual life.
Covenants -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Judaism and literature -- United States.
Judaism in literature.
Jews in literature.