The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #110: Jewish-American Fiction

General Introduction
– Listener feedback
– Christian Humanist Profiles

The Jewish Literary Explosion
– Ex-minorities
– Assimilation, on both sides
– The face of intellectual America
– Achievement in education
– The New York Intellectuals
– Stage and Screen
– All-Americanness

What Makes a Jewish Novel?
– Is it a spectrum?
– The Christian Humanist Podcast Family Crest
– Rejection of the category by the writers
– What is ethnicity?
– Regional literature
– The importance of language

The Holocaust and the Jewish-American Novel
– Americans stay in the dark
– Russian treatment of Jews
– Bellow is slow to speak
– Chabon’s frozen chosen
– Suffering as the center of Jewish fiction

Fiction and the Diaspora
– Roth explores his own reception
– Anderson goes a-soap-boxing
– Class and ethnicity in assimilation
– Woody Allen’s great shapeshifter
– Post-assimilation novelists

Is There a Terminus?
– The toll of postmodernity
– The ex-minority’s luxury
– A change in social realities
– Judaism’s portability

Questions for Christians to Ask
– “All men are Jews”
– The Jewish experience as metaphor
– Learning sympathy—and starting with Malamud
– Why read about anybody? Why read at all?
– Making the familiar unfamiliar

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