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In Search of Identity and Spirituality in the Fiction of American Jewish Female Authors at the Turn of the 21st Century


Dorota Mihułka

The book discusses the issue of religiosity in the context of American Jewish literature, emphasizing the significance of Judaism as an indispensable element in the formation of American Jewish female identity. The empirical part of the book is devoted to a critical comprehensive analysis of selected fiction by contemporary American Jewish female writers, representatives of the third generation, whose works were published between 1980–2005. The literary analyses of the selected narratives reveal a strong connection between the identity of American Jewish women and Judaism, and the simultaneous need to modify it in the face of socio-political transformations occurring in the American society at the turn of the twenty-first century

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My sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation go to my mentor, Professor Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich who was extraordinarily generous with her time and expertise, offering invaluable advice, insightful constructive criticism and continuous support during the years I spent on researching this fascinating subject and writing this book.

I would also like to thank my family for their spiritual support, encouragement and unshakable faith that I would be able to accomplish this project.

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