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Author Kauvar, Elaine M. (Elaine Mozer), 1939-, author
Title Cynthia Ozick's fiction : tradition & invention / Elaine M. Kauvar
Imprint Bloomington : Indian University Press, 1993
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 Euro-Am Studies Lib 2F  813.54 Oz5zKa    AVAILABLE    30500100670457
Descript xx, 264 pages ; 25 cm
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Series Jewish literature and culture
Jewish literature and culture
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-258) and index
The struggle for exactitude -- The insistent sense of recognition -- The dread of Moloch -- The uses of fantasy -- The high muse of fusion -- The magic shawl -- The pulse of ancestry
Cynthia Ozick's emphasis on tradition has made her, paradoxically, one of the most innovative writers of our time. Elaine M. Kauvar illuminates the intricacies of Ozick's texts, explores the dynamics of her creativity, and excavates her sources, contexts, and allusions. She provides readings of all of Ozick's fiction, from her first published novel, Trust, through The Messiah of Stockholm. Working chronologically, Kauvar traces the development of the storyteller's thought and art, examines the themes that pervade Ozick's tales - the battle between Hebraism and Hellenism, the lure of paganism and the dangers of idolatry, the implications and consequences of assimilation, the perplexities of the artist and the besetting dangers of art - and demonstrates the dialectic existing between her tales, their shifting perspectives, and competing ideas. Precisely because Ozick draws on the resources in her heritage, Kauvar concludes, she transcends narrow categories and defies rigid ideologies
Link Online version: Kauvar, Elaine M. (Elaine Mozer), 1939- Cynthia Ozick's fiction. Bloomington : Indian University Press, 1993 (OCoLC)622121367
Subject Ozick, Cynthia -- Criticism and interpretation
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) -- History -- 20th century
Jewish women -- United States -- Intellectual life
Invention (Rhetoric) -- History -- 20th century
Jews in literature
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