By Donald Pizer
American Naturalism and the Jews examines the unabashed anti-Semitism of 5 remarkable American naturalist novelists differently identified for his or her innovative social values. Hamlin Garland, Frank Norris, and Theodore Dreiser all driven for social advancements for the bad and oppressed, whereas Edith Wharton and Willa Cather either complicated the general public prestige of girls. yet all of them additionally expressed powerful 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, in the past, long gone mostly unexamined. during this step forward research, Donald Pizer confronts this disconcerting pressure of anti-Semitism pervading American letters and tradition, illustrating how simply prejudice can coexist with even the main revolutionary ideals.
Pizer indicates how those writers' racist impulses represented greater than simply own biases, yet resonated with higher social and ideological hobbies inside American tradition. Anti-Semitic sentiment encouraged such a variety of routine because the western farmers' populist riot 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 typical setting, and savage instinct.
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American Naturalism and the Jews: Garland, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, and Cather by Donald Pizer