Literary Criticism

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Literary Criticism

Angezogen und abgestoßen: duden in der ungarischen Literatur, edited by Tamás Lichtmann. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1999. 408 pp. ISBN 3-631-3572-8.

The volume explores the nature of Jewish literature in Hungary, including the role of Jews in Hungarian literature as well as the relationship between Jewish and Hebrew literature and Hungarian literature and culture. (German) (D.B.)

Biblical References in Shakespeare's Plays, by Naseeb Shaheen. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1999. 879 pp. ISBN 0-87413-677-6.

This volume provides a survey of the English Bibles of Shakespeare's day, notes their similarities and differences, and indicates which version the playwright knew best. The biblical references in each of Shakespeare's plays are then analyzed, as are his references to the Prayer Book and the homilies. The question of what constitutes a valid biblical reference is also discussed.

Identitätssuche in Rose A usltinders Spätlyrik: Rezeptionsvarianten zur Post-SchoahLyrik, by Jutta Kristensson. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, 2000. 353 pp. ISBN 3-631-35521-1.

A didactic translation of Rose Ausländer's modern lyric that navigates through the experiences of the Shoah in order to understand German-Jewish identity, and that addresses a number of diverse areas including antique and biblical figures, Jewish holidays and daily life, and romantic and expressionist literary streams. (German) (D.B.)

The Modern Jewish Canon, by Ruth R. Wisse. New York: Free Press, 2000. 381 pp. ISBN 0-684-93075-2.

This work, which standardizes the canonization of Jewish literature, presents a chronology of selected masterpieces by twentieth-century Jewish writers and gives a historical and cultural context for appreciating these writers. …