No Place in Time: The Hebraic Myth in Late-Nineteenth Century American Literature

Title

No Place in Time: The Hebraic Myth in Late-Nineteenth Century American Literature

Authors/Editors/Translators

Sharon B. Oster, University of RedlandsFollow

Department/School

English: Literature and Writing

Summary

No Place in Time: The Hebraic Myth in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature examines how the Hebraic myth, in which Jewishness became a metaphor for an ancient, pre-Christian past, was reimagined in nineteenth-century American realism. The Hebraic myth, while integral to a Protestant understanding of time, was incapable of addressing modern Jewishness, especially in the context of the growing social and national concern around the "Jewish problem." Sharon B. Oster shows how realist authors consequently cast Jews as caught between a distant past and a promising American future. In either case, whether creating or disrupting temporal continuity, Jewishness existed outside of time.

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ISBN

9780814345825

Publication Date

11-2018

Publisher

Wayne State University Press

Place of Publication

Detroit, Michigan

Keywords

language and literature, Jewish studies, literary criticism, Hebraic myth, late nineteenth century American literature, American society and religion

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Jewish Studies | Literature in English, North America | Religion | United States History

No Place in Time: The Hebraic Myth in Late-Nineteenth Century American Literature

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