By Donald Pizer
American Naturalism and the Jews examines the unabashed anti-Semitism of 5 extraordinary American naturalist novelists differently recognized for his or her revolutionary social values. Hamlin Garland, Frank Norris, and Theodore Dreiser all driven for social advancements for the terrible and oppressed, whereas Edith Wharton and Willa Cather either complex the general public prestige of ladies. yet all of them additionally expressed robust prejudices opposed to the Jewish race and religion all through their fiction, essays, letters, and different writings, generating a contradiction in American literary historical past that has stymied students and, earlier, long gone mostly unexamined. during this leap forward learn, Donald Pizer confronts this disconcerting pressure of anti-Semitism pervading American letters and tradition, illustrating how simply prejudice can coexist with even the main innovative ideals.
Pizer exhibits how those writers' racist impulses represented greater than simply own biases, yet resonated with better social and ideological pursuits inside American tradition. Anti-Semitic sentiment influenced such quite a few events because the western farmers' populist insurrection and the East Coast patricians' revulsion opposed to immigration, either one of which Pizer discusses right here. This antagonism towards Jews and different non-Anglo-Saxon ethnicities intersected not just with those authors' social reform agendas but in addition with their literary approach to representing the overwhelming forces of heredity, social or common surroundings, and savage instinct.
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American Naturalism and the Jews: Garland, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, and Cather by Donald Pizer