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By Julian Levinson

How have Jews reshaped their identities as Jews within the face of the novel newness known as the USA? Julian Levinson explores the ways that publicity to American literary culture―in specific the visionary culture pointed out with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman―led American Jewish writers to a brand new realizing of themselves as Jews. Discussing the lives and paintings of writers corresponding to Emma Lazarus, Mary Antin, Ludwig Lewisohn, Waldo Frank, Anzia Yezierska, I. J. Schwartz, Alfred Kazin, and Irving Howe, Levinson concludes that their interplay with American tradition led them to improvise new and significant methods of being Jewish. not like the usually expressed view that the diaspora event results in assimilation, Exiles on major highway lines an arc of go back to Jewish id and describes an important and inventive Jewish American literary culture.

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