Eastside Conversations: Israel in Current Jewish American Fiction

Anthony Wexler
PhD, SAGES Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Department of English, Case Western Reserve University
Friday, August 16, 2019
noon-1:30 p.m.

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has played an important role in the Jewish American imagination. But the Jewish state has come to mean very different things to different segments of the Jewish-American population. Not surprisingly, many 20th century Jewish-American writers steered clear of the topic. In the last five years, however, a new generation of writers have turned their attention to the relationships between American Jews and the State of Israel. What do these contemporary writers have to say about the fraught and complex connection? And how do they imagine Israel’s influence on Jewish-American identity today?

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