By Donald Pizer

American Naturalism and the Jews examines the unabashed anti-Semitism of 5 amazing 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 terrible 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 background that has stymied students and, previously, long gone principally unexamined. during this leap 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 innovative ideals.

Pizer indicates how those writers' racist impulses represented greater than simply own biases, yet resonated with better social and ideological hobbies inside American tradition. Anti-Semitic sentiment influenced such quite a few activities because the western farmers' populist rebel 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 ordinary setting, and savage instinct.

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