9780252033438

American Naturalism and the Jews

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  • ISBN13:

    9780252033438

  • ISBN10:

    0252033434

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-18
  • Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
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Summary

Otherwise known for their progressive social values, Hamlin Garland, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather all also expressed strong anti-Semitic prejudices throughout their fiction, essays, letters, and other writings, producing a contradiction in American literary history that has stymied scholars and, until now, gone largely unexamined. In this breakthrough study, Donald Pizer confronts this disconcerting strain of anti-Semitism pervading American letters and culture, showing how these writers' racist impulses represented more than just personal biases, but resonated with larger social and ideological movements within American culture, including such various movements as the western farmers' populist revolt and the East Coast patricians' revulsion against immigration.

Author Biography

Donald Pizer is Pierce Butler Professor of English Emeritus at Tulane University. He is the author of The Theory and Practice of American Literary Naturalism, the editor of The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism and A Picture and a Criticism of Life: New Letters, Volume I by Theodore Dreiser, and coeditor of Theodore Dreiser: Interviews.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Hamlin Garlandp. 1
Frank Norrisp. 15
Theodore Dreiserp. 31
Edith Wharton and Willa Catherp. 50
Epiloguep. 65
Notesp. 67
Works Citedp. 77
Indexp. 85
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