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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 Mihulka

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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Aarons, Victoria 136, 240

Abraham, Pearl 12, 149, 170, 180, 195, 264

– Giving Up America 114, 149–150

– The Romance Reader 13, 14, 114, 149, 157, 170–180

Acculturation 11, 12, 20, 23, 47, 109, 119, 122n63, 129, 130, 132, 153. See also Assimilation

Ackelsberg, Martha 72

Adler, Rachel 68, 74, 79, 80, 81, 84, 86

Agunah (anchored woman) 37, 38, 39, 66, 74, 89–90, 179

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