Israeli Literature and the American Reader

By Alan Mintz

Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), June 1998

The author, Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature at Brandeis University, addresses the reasons why Israeli literature has not been widely-accepted in the American Jewish community. After establishing that by literary standards Israeli novels are more than up to par, the question remains why American Jews don't read them. The answers may have to do with a general approach of Americans to translated literature, but also to a drifting apart of American and Israeli Jewry. For Americans, reading Israeli novels, which depict Israeli society with all its problems included, may be like peeking at someone else's dirty laundry.

Topic: Literature, Diaspora Relations, Language, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israeli Culture

Name of Publication: AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse

Page Number(s): 84-104

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Mintz, Alan. Israeli Literature and the American Reader. AVAR ve'ATID: A Journal of Jewish Education, Culture and Discourse. Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI). June 1998: 84-104. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13623


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