Magazine article Tikkun

The Jewish Literary Revival

Magazine article Tikkun

The Jewish Literary Revival

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First there was God's finger on Mount Sinai's tablets. Then came the eye-straining, wrist-numbing labor of words on sheep skin. Now narratives find themselves on paper with laser jet precision.

The people of the book have egos, and with that begot authors. What the Torah and Talmud couldn't explain, Jewish writers were all too willing to reimagine. The literature of the Jewish people has flirted with fictional worlds-and no where has this been more true than in America.

This century of American letters has, to a very large extent, been informed by Jewish writing. But around the 1980s, something happened. Young Jewish cultural escape artists-both the beneficiaries and victims of assimilation played to perfectionstopped writing about distinctively Jewish themes.

Until now. TIKKUN is proud to be among the first to observe a new, surprisingly uncelebrated movement-the resurgence of Jewish writing in America. With this special literary symposium, TIKKUN asks the following questions: As we approach the end of the millennium, is Jewish American fiction experiencing a new beginning? …

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