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of American Jewish fiction in general and on individual authors.
We have included several books published in 1991-92, most im­
portantly a bibliography and an encyclopedia. Articles, essays,
and book reviews have been excluded for reasons of space. The
bibliography proceeds from the general to the particular in the
following order:
I.
Bibliography and Encyclopedia
II. General Works on American Jewish Fiction or American
Fiction that includes Jewish Authors
III. General Studies of the Jew in American Drama and Film
IV. Works in American Literature on the Holocaust
V. Full-Length Studies of Individual Authors
VI. Books in Series: Chelsea, Twayne, G.K. Hall, University
of South Carolina Press
We have decided to include drama and film because in the
last decade film, especially, has become a significant part of the
academic curriculum, and several works on the Jew in film have
been published in this period. The inclusion of drama really
needs no explanation — though it might be noted that in recent
years there have been quite a number of plays about Jews in
America, such as
I ’m Not Rappaport, The Substance of Fire,
and
Conversations With My Father.
The exclusion of poetry, however, does call for some ex­
planation. The only justification for our seemingly arbitrary de­
cision to restrict the bibliography to prose is, once again, lack
of space. The bibliography ends with a category titled “Books
in Series.” This is a listing without annotation of the volumes
in the Chelsea, Twayne, G.K. Hall, and University of South
Carolina Press. These series follow a standard format. Chelsea
House is edited by Harold Bloom and each volume is a collection
of essays on an individual author. The essays have been selected
by Bloom with the policy statement that these comprise the es­
says that the editor believes to be among the best on the subject.
G.K. Hall’s
Critical Essays on American Literature Series
also an­
thologizes critical essays. Each volume in the Twayne series is
a full-length critical study by one scholar of a single creative
writer. The volumes, however, vary considerably in quality;
among the best are Joseph Lowin’s book on Ozick and Theodore
Solataroffs study of Bellow. The University of South Carolina’s