Singer's Typewriter and Mine by Ilan Stavans
Reflections on Jewish Culture (Texts and Contexts)

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A cultural critic of extraordinary erudition, encyclopedic knowledge, and boundless curiosity, Ilan Stavans, an Ashkenazic Jew who grew up in Mexico, negotiates wildly varied topics as effortlessly and deftly as he manages the multiple perspectives of a dual national, religious, and ethnic identity. In Singer’s Typewriter and Mine, a follow-up to The Inveterate Dreamer (Nebraska, 2001), Stavans interweaves his own experience with that of other Jewish writers and thinkers, past and present, to explore modern Jewish culture across the boundaries of language and nation. Juxtaposing the personal and the analytical, these essays and conversations take up the oeuvres of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Mario Vargas Llosa, translation and God’s language, storytelling as midrash, anti-Semitism in Hispanic America, Yiddish and Sephardic literatures, the connection between humor and terror, impostors as cultural agents, the creators of the King James Bible, and the encounter between Jewish and Latino civilizations, to name but a few of Stavans’s topics here. Funny, engaging, and provocative, this collection continues Stavans’s project of opening new vistas in our cross-cultural understanding of language, literature, and life.
 

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Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) is a civil rights and labor leader, a farm worker, a crusader for nonviolent social change, an environmentalist, and a consumer advocate. In 1994 he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.Ilan Stavans is a professor at Amherst College and the author of several books, including On Borrowed Words.
 
Published November 1, 2012 by University of Nebraska Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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In “What Melting Pot?” Stavans delivers a moving, detailed take on the profound changes the author has observed in Jewish American identity through language and literature.

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Stavans, a professor of Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst, begins this wide-ranging and fascinating collection (a follow-up to 2001’s The Inveterate Dreamer) on a light note with a nine-page comic that introduces him as “the renowned Mexican Jewish writer and cultural critic” to ...

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