To Emerge From the Ghetto Twice : Anti-Semitism and the Search for Jewish Identity in Post-War Montreal Literature

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Title
To Emerge From the Ghetto Twice : Anti-Semitism and the Search for Jewish Identity in Post-War Montreal Literature
Abstract
The author examines the continued existence of anti-Semitism through the Montreal-Jewish writing and poetry of the postwar years through the words of four of its most prominent authors: A.M. Klein, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, and Mordecai Richler. Using these sources, the author examines the character of gentile sentiment towards Jews in order to determine whether experiences of anti-Semitism truly declined in the eyes of the Jewish community. Subsequently, the author analyzes the contribution of perceived anti-Semitism towards the creation of a modern-day Jewish identity in Montreal, ultimately arguing that a perception of isolation and unease following the war, more so than a sense of anger or fear, was a key element of its origin and nature.
Publication
Canadian Content: The McGill Undergraduate Journal of Canadian Studies
Volume
Vol. 8
Pages
13-26
Date
Spring 2018
Language
en
URL
Citation
Gomery, Madeleine. “To Emerge From the Ghetto Twice : Anti-Semitism and the Search for Jewish Identity in Post-War Montreal Literature.” Canadian Content: The McGill Undergraduate Journal of Canadian Studies Vol. 8 (Spring 2018): 13–26. https://mcgill.ca/misc/files/misc/2016_-_canadian_content_compressed.pdf.
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