Jewish Culture

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.

Cynthia Ozick

Ozick's version of Jewish literature is more than Yiddish words and slapstick.

Jewish American Literature: 1970-2000

For this crop of American writers, being Jewish is as natural as breathing, sleeping, and sex.

Early Israeli Literature

Nationalistic poetry was a powerful, early Israeli genre.

Israeli Writing: The Next 50 Years

The future of Israeli literature is as uncertain as Israel's ever-fluctuating demography.

Israeli Literature

A survey of Israeli literature, from Ottoman-era Palestine to today.

Choosing Hebrew

Jewish writers chose Hebrew, not German or Russian or even Yiddish, as the language with which to build a modern literary tradition.

Jewish Immigrant Literature

Yiddish-speaking Jews put faith in the language of their new country and left an indelible mark on American letters.