Download E-books "Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and The Irish-Jewish Unconscious PDF

By Stephen Watt

Difficult analogies among Irish and Jewish background, among Irish and Jewish subjectivities, take place with astonishing frequency all through American literature. They bear in mind James Joyce's Leopold Bloom and episodes of Ulysses, Douglas Hyde's analogies throughout the Celtic Revival among studying Hebrew and studying Irish, and a myriad of claims of an strange dating among those peoples that is going past comparisons in their respective diasporic histories. yet how does one describe this uncanny courting, one usually marked via hostility, affinity, and ambivalence, with no essentializing humans whose origins, classification association, educations, lifestyles reviews, etc are vastly different?

"Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and the Irish-Jewish Unconscious describes a posh allosemitism and allohibernianism via various cultural texts with which immigrant Irish and Jewish american citizens have been so much engaged: well known track of the Tin Pan Alley period, tenement literature from Anzia Yezierska and James T. Farrell throughout the posthumous ebook of Henry Roth's An American Type, and proletarian and socialist-inflected drama by means of Elmer Rice, Clifford Odets, Eugene O'Neill, and Arthur Miller as they engaged the Irish drama of such writers as Bernard Shaw and Sean O'Casey. to be able to hint either the family tree and newer trajectory of immigrant drama and fiction, chapters discover either the post-Famine melodramatic degree of the 19th century and a bunch of extra modern texts from more recent generations of immigrants. all through, the publication argues for a "circum-North Atlantic" tradition during which texts from eire, Britain, Irish the USA, and Jewish the United States give a contribution considerably to either a contemporary American literature and to understandings of the phrases "Irish" and "Jewish."

How will we fairly recognize what those phrases suggest as they delimit or erase absolutely the diversities inherent to them? Borrowing a time period from psychoanalytic and political thought, "Something Dreadful and Grand" explores the bigger dimensions of this Irish-Jewish subconscious underlying cultural creation in the US, arguing for the centrality of those diasporic teams to the advance of yank well known track, fiction, and particularly drama.

Show description

Read or Download "Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and The Irish-Jewish Unconscious PDF

Similar American Literature books

Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader (Penguin Classics)

"An necessary source to scholars, students, and common readers alike. "—Amazon. comThis colleciton assembles greater than 40 speeches, lectures, and essays serious to the abolitionist campaign, that includes writing via William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Lydia Maria baby, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture

This interdisciplinary number of comparative essays by means of unique historians and literary critics seems at points of the concept of Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin and considers where of those males in American tradition. most likely the 2 such a lot tested figures of the colonial interval, they've got frequently been the thing of comparative reviews.

New Directions in American Reception Study

Modern reception examine has constructed a variety of methods and techniques, together with the institutional, textual, ancient, authorial, and reader-response, which, to a better or lesser volume, recognize some of the ways that readers have stumbled on texts-- literature, tv indicates, video clips, and newspapers--meaningful.

Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media (Modernist Literature and Culture)

Whereas most crucial reports of born-digital literature have fun it as a postmodern paintings shape with roots in modern applied sciences and social interactions, electronic Modernism offers an alternate family tree. Grounding her argument in literary background, media experiences, and the perform of close-reading, Jessica Pressman pairs modernist works by means of Ezra Pound, James Joyce, and Bob Brown, with significant electronic works like William Poundstone's undertaking for the Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit}, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries's Dakota, and Judd Morrissey's The Jew's Daughter to illustrate how the modernist move of the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties laid the basis for the strategies of digital literature.

Extra resources for "Something Dreadful and Grand": American Literature and The Irish-Jewish Unconscious

Show sample text content

Rated 4.74 of 5 – based on 25 votes