Accidents of Influence: Writing As a Woman and a Jew in by Norma Rosen

By Norma Rosen

For Norma Rosen, the Holocaust is the imperative occasion of the 20 th century. during this booklet, she examines the connection of post-Holocaust writers to their paintings by way of topic, language, imagery, and dealing with as much as the duty of writing in a post-Holocaust period. She considers the paintings of such significant affects on our time as T. S. Eliot, Simone Weil, Anne Frank, E. L. Doctorow, Norman Mailer, Eugenio Montale, Philip Roth, and Saul Bellow. injuries of effect combines severe research with own reaction and autobiographical moments. It contains quotidian encounters in friendship, intercourse, society, paintings, politics, reaction to violence, and non secular observance, which fight for ethical flooring during this post-Holocaust period.

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Religious meditator that she was, she gave to her bigotry an elaborately theological basis.  Or is it the worm that creeps into the soul and corrupts all doctrine?  Ostensibly this was done in sympathy with the deprived French workers, but whatever the real reason, certainly it was out of deep division *Simone Weil, a Life, Pantheon, 1978.  Her frail and brilliant life holds all the keys to the great moral question confronted here.  Having fled with her parents to America to escape the oncoming Nazis, she contrived to get back to England where she wrote and planned with her friends for the resistance of the Free French Forces, contracted tuberculosis and died of starvation caused by her efforts to limit her nourishment to something less than what a French worker would eat during the German occupation.

But if he clones his parents a hundred times in one novel, do we then have a picture of Jewish­German society under Hitler, or of hated parents cloned a hundred times?  But it seems to me that many Jewish fiction writers—even if they don't know it, and never heard of him—are paying homage in their writerly hearts to Akiva.  Or their disgust with members of the Jewish middle class who abandon Jewish idealism for materialism, or for self­serving, self­protective Jewish clannishness?

Martin's Press, 1976.  Above all, he wanted her to acknowledge in her heart that she was a Jew. His mother responded (we fill in) by promising to come to him but never coming, by inviting him to visit her in her faked Aryan existence in Bulgaria and then withdrawing the invitation, by declaring to him her dislike of Jews, by converting to Christianity in a sudden effusion of religious feeling at the very time Peter was writing her of his exaltation at declaring himself a Jew.  Who but a writer would think to utter such a lament?

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