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By Hana Wirth-Nesher

Call It English identifies the specific voice of Jewish American literature via convalescing the multilingual Jewish tradition that Jews dropped at the U.S. of their artistic come across with English. In transnational readings of works from the late-nineteenth century to the current via either immigrant and postimmigrant generations, Hana Wirth-Nesher strains the evolution of Yiddish and Hebrew in glossy Jewish American prose writing via dialect and accessory, cross-cultural translations, and bilingual wordplay.

Call It English tells a narrative of preoccupation with pronunciation, diction, translation, the figurality of Hebrew letters, and the linguistic measurement of domestic and exile in a tradition produced from sacred, secular, familial, and ancestral languages. via readings of works by way of Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Delmore Schwartz, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, Aryeh Lev Stollman, and different writers, it demonstrates how artistic literary ideas are websites of loss and achieve, evasion and invention.

The first a part of the booklet examines immigrant writing that enacts the drama of buying and relinquishing language in an the US marked by way of language debates, neighborhood colour writing, and nativism. the second one half addresses multilingual writing via native-born authors in line with 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 additionally with pertinence to different minority and ethnic literatures within the United States.

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