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Jewish-American Literature  
 
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Schulman is also the one Jewish lesbian fiction writer whose work directly deals with AIDS; thus there exist strong links between her and the writings of Jewish gay male authors.

There are, of course, other Jewish lesbian novels with similar thematics, including Elana Nachman/Dykewomon's Riverfinger Women (1974), Alice Bloch's The Law of Return (1983), Ruth Geller's Triangles (1984), Edith Konecky's A Place at the Table (1989), Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz's My Jewish Face & Other Stories (1990), and Andrea Freud Loewenstein's The Worry Girl (1992).

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These writers relate both to Jewish and lesbian literary traditions and to the concerns of contemporary American culture. For these authors, being Jewish lesbians or lesbian Jews and writing about that experience--that is, going public--has been empowering and liberating, personally as well as collectively.

Conclusion

Although American Jewish literature in general has been pronounced moribund for more than twenty years, no such pronouncements can be made for American Jewish gay and lesbian literature.

A new collection of short fiction Writing Our Way Home (1992), edited by Ted Solotaroff and Nessa Rapoport, was consciously designed to point to new directions for American Jewish literature. In her introduction, Rapoport envisions new kinds of Jews--"children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, converts to Judaism, Sephardim, descendants of conversos in the American Southwest, lesbians, and gay men"--who will revitalize American Jewish fiction.

American Jewish gay and lesbian literature with its rich heritage, diverse subject matter, and thriving vitality has indeed imbued American Jewish literature with new life.

Ludger Brinker

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Balka, Christie, and Andy Rose, eds. Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian or Gay and Jewish. Boston: Beacon, 1989.

Beck, Evelyn Tornton, ed. Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology. Rev. ed. Boston: Beacon, 1989.

Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie. The Issue is Power: Essays on Women, Jews, Violence and Resistance. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1992.

Klepfisz, Irena. Dreams of an Insomniac: Jewish Feminist Essays, Speeches and Diatribes. Portland, Oreg.: Eighth Mountain Press, 1990.

Solotaroff, Ted, and Nessa Rapoport, eds. Writing Our Way Home: Contemporary Stories by American Jewish Writers. New York: Schocken, 1992.

Zahava, Irene, ed. Speaking for Ourselves: Short Stories by Jewish Lesbians. Freedom, Calif.: Crossing Press, 1990.

 

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    Author: Brinker, Ludger  
    Entry Title: Jewish-American Literature  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2002  
    Date Last Updated August 11, 2005  
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