Contemporary Jewish Writing in Britain and Ireland


Contemporary Jewish Writing in Britain and Ireland

Edited by Bryan Cheyette

Jewish Writing in the Contemporary World Series

336 pages


March 1998


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About the Book

Contemporary Jewish Writing in Britain and Ireland presents a wide range of writers—some at the heart of British culture, others outside the mainstream—who address the issue of Jewish cultural difference in Great Britain and Ireland. Editor Bryan Cheyette has assembled a striking roster of writers whose extraordinary imagination and understanding of Jewish experience in Britain and Ireland have transformed English literature in recent decades. They include established figures like Anita Brookner, Harold Pinter, and George Steiner, as well as such vibrant new voices as Elena Lappin, Jonathan Treitel, and Jonathan Wilson. As Cheyette argues, "the contemporary British-Jewish writers in this volume defy the authority of England and the Anglo-Jewish community. . . . [All] are risk-takers who . . . will eventually help replace narrow national narratives and gendered identities with a broader, more plural, diasporic culture."

Author Bio

Bryan Cheyette is a professor of English and drama at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He is the author of Construction of "the Jew" in English Literature and Society: Racial Representations, 1875–1945.

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