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WALDEN / AMERICAN JEWISH NOVEL
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one o f the most distinctive cycles o f literary expression in ou r
time.
Since the beginning o f the century Jewish writers have ex­
plored the processes o f Americanization, acculturation, and as­
similation, the meat o f the ethnic experience, the social aspects o f
identity. T he writers o f the 70s have been exp loring the ir own
roots. Self-consciously Jewish, they are searching fo r a way to best
assess the themes and issues o f serious religious content. Perhaps,
as suggested, this rep resen ts the completion o f a circle. In my
judgm en t, no ma tter the mode o f expression o f the artistic vision,
the American Jewish novel is alive and well and gives promise o f
con tinued health fo r decades to come.