The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Anglophone Jewish Fiction, edited by David Brauner (Reading) and Axel Stähler (Kent), will be an authoritative research-level reference book on the range of Anglophone Jewish fiction published over the course of the twentieth century and the start of the twenty-first. It is aimed at the growing number of research students and scholars working in the field of Jewish fiction, either as a specialism in itself or as part of English, American Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies and Jewish Studies research degrees.
The volume will be comparative in approach and there will be a strong emphasis on intertextuality and the continuities and discontinuities within and across geographical, historical and cultural spheres.
In brief, the Companion will set out to:
• provide surveys and detailed analyses of a representative range of modern Anglophone Jewish fiction;
• highlight the rich diversity of the field and identify its key themes, including immigration, Diaspora, the Holocaust, Judaism, assimilation, anti-Semitism, Zionism;
• analyse the main trends in Anglophone Jewish fiction and situate them in historical context;
• analyse the place of Anglophone Jewish fiction in relation to some of the main critical and theoretical approaches of recent years, including transatlanticism, transnationalism and globalisation; ethnicity and multiculturalism; postcolonial studies, feminist studies and queer studies.
In order to ensure the thematic coherence of the Companion and to facilitate a comparative reading, contributors are encouraged to consider the relevance of the following to their individual articles (where applicable):
• English as a language of Jewish cultural creativity
• The interface with other literary traditions
• Identity, ethnicity and multiculturalism
The deadline for contributions is December 2012; word count 6,000.
The brief descriptions of the remits for each chapter given below are only indicative; once a topic has been assigned, contributors will have a great deal of freedom in terms of how they deal with it.
Applications for the contribution of the following chapters are invited:
(A): A discussion of pre-war British Jewish fiction and its antecedents in the nineteenth century, focusing on works by writers such as Amy Levy, Benjamin Farjeon, Israel Zangwill, Louis Golding, Naomi Jacob, and G. B. Stern.
(B): A discussion of the work of Australian-Jewish authors such as Elliot Perlman, Nancy Keesing and Lily Brett.
(C): A discussion of the work of ‘migrant’ Jewish writers in the Anglophone diaspora such as Jonathan Wilson, Ronit Lentin, Aryeh Lev Stollman, and Rose Zwi.
(D): Beyond the Atlantic: a survey of the Sephardic, Yiddish and Hebrew traditions in the Anglophone Jewish diaspora and its cultural production, focusing on the beginnings (debating the use of conceptions of the Port Jew) and the further development of the Anglophone Jewish diaspora and the dissemination of Anglophone Jewish cultural production since the middle of the nineteenth century.
(E): A discussion of the involvement of Jewish writers, on both sides of the Atlantic, with left-wing politics from the 1920s–1940s, focusing on work by writers such as Israel Zangwill, Michael Gold and Arthur Koestler.
(F): A discussion of Jewish fiction and Jewish postcoloniality, focusing on recent debates on Jewish postcoloniality and texts by writers such as Jonathan Wilson, Linda Grant, Nadine Gordimer, Patricia Schonstein, and Tony Eprile.
(G): A discussion of national literary traditions and Jewish fiction, focusing especially on the ways in which Jewish writers such as Nathanael West, Anita Brookner and Damon Galgut are subsumed under American, English or South African literature and where a specifically ‘Jewish’ transnational and transcultural literature may be said to emerge from and (possibly) against different national contexts.
The editors would like to invite prospective contributors to submit a short abstract of 300–500 words detailing their ideas for individual chapters and to include a short CV. Please email by 9 December 2011 to:
David Brauner: firstname.lastname@example.org and
Axel Stähler: email@example.com
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