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Title:
Young lions how Jewish authors reinvented the American war novel
Author:
Garrett, Leah, 1966- author.
ISBN:
9780810131453
Publication Information:
Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 2015. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (pages cm.)
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Cultural expressions of World War II

Cultural expressions of World War II.

UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
The Jewish soldier and literary and historical precedents -- 1948 and the Pacific theater : The naked and the dead and An act of love -- 1948 and the Holocaust : The young lions, That winter, The crusaders, and Point of no return -- 1952 and the new conservatism : The Caine mutiny and Battle cry -- 1961 and the new liberalism : Catch-22.
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"Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel "shows how Jews, traditionally castigated as weak and cowardly, for the first time became the popular literary representatives of what it meant to be a soldier and what it meant to be an American. Revisiting best-selling works ranging from Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead "to Joseph Heller's "Catch-22," and uncovering a range of unknown archival material, Leah Garrett shows how Jewish writers used the theme of World War II to reshape the American public's ideas about war, the Holocaust, and the role of Jews in postwar life. In contrast to most previous war fiction these new "Jewish" war novels were often ironic, funny, and irreverent and sought to teach the reading public broader lessons about liberalism, masculinity, and pluralism.