Jewish Culture

The Pioneers of Modern Hebrew Literature

Writing Hebrew literature in the 19th century was no simple matter, and those who did were the elite of the elite.

Modern Hebrew Literature: Early Challenges

The pioneers of modern Hebrew literature took a cumbersome, unspoken language and created a vibrant literary tradition.

Hebew Literature: Early Themes

Leaving the world of the shtetl for an alluring modern culture is the primary theme of early modern Hebrew literature.

Hebrew Literature

Overview Hebrew Literature. Jewish American Literature. Modern Hebrew Literature. Israeli Literature.

Jewish American Poetry

Is there something uniquely Jewish about the poetry of Jewish Americans?

Bernard Malamud

A writer who used the Jew as a metaphor for humankind.

Grace Paley, 1922-2007

Jewish socialism influenced Grace Paley's life and literature.

Saul Bellow

The most successful Jewish American writer may be the most ambivalent as well.

Mainstream American Jewish Literature

At mid 20th century, Jewish writers connected with American readers by writing about alienation.

Abraham Cahan

The founder and editor of the Forward wrote one of the most important American immigrant novels ever.

Anzia Yezierska

In America, a female sweatshop worker from a Polish shtetl could become a renowned writer and Hollywood commodity.

Art Spiegelman

Using a medium often associated with lightheartedness to portray the horrors of the Holocaust.