Assimilation and Assertion: The Response to the Holocaust in Mordecai Richler's Writing

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Assimilation and Assertion: The Response to the Holocaust in Mordecai Richler's Writing
Abstract
The author explores the consciousness of the Holocaust in Canadian Jewish literature. Drawing upon Montreal author Mordecai Richler's work, it examines the predicament of the North American Jew responding to the national catastrophe he did not experience directly. Richler's writing demonstrates Jewish powerlessness intensified through the direct experience of anti-Semitism in Canada in the 1930s and the 1940s and the loss of faith in humanist liberal values emerging from the consciousness of the European tragedy. The author focuses on the literary representations of the post-Holocaust Jewish identity crisis manifested in ideological and emotional vacillations between assimilation and self-assertion.
Place
New York, NY
Publisher
P. Lang
Date
1989
Language
en
Citation
Brenner, Rachel F. Assimilation and Assertion: The Response to the Holocaust in Mordecai Richler’s Writing. New York, NY: P. Lang, 1989.
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