Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry (Hardcover)
 

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Sanctuary in the Wilderness: A Critical Introduction to American Hebrew Poetry (Hardcover)

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    The effort to create a serious Hebrew literature in the United States in the years around World War I is one of the best kept secrets of American Jewish history. Hebrew had been revived as a modern literary language in nineteenth-century Russia an......more

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The effort to create a serious Hebrew literature in the United States in the years around World War I is one of the best kept secrets of American Jewish history. Hebrew had been revived as a modern literary language in nineteenth-century Russia and then taken to Palestine as part of the Zionist revolution. But the overwhelming majority of Jewish emigrants from Eastern Europe settled in America, and a passionate kernel among them believed that Hebrew provided the vehicle for modernizing the Jewish people while maintaining their connection to Zion. These American Hebraists created schools, journals, newspapers, and, most of all, a high literary culture focused on producing poetry. Sanctuary in the Wilderness is a critical introduction to American Hebrew poetry, focusing on a dozen key poets. This secular poetry began with a preoccupation with the situation of the individual in a disenchanted world and then moved outward to engage American vistas and Jewish fate and hope in midcentury. American Hebrew poets hoped to be read in both Palestine and America, but were disappointed on both scores. Several moved to Israel and connected with the vital literary scene there, but most stayed and persisted in the cause of American Hebraism.

Alan Mintz is Chana Kekst Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was a founder and co-editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.

Author:
Mintz, Alan
Series Title:
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture
Genre:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Jewish
Audience:
College/higher education
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
521
Language:
English
Publisher:
Stanford Univ Pr
Publish Date:
12/14/2011
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9780804762939
Height:
9.5 in
Wdth:
6.5 in
Thickness:
1.25 in
Unit weight:
1.95 lb
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