Elusiveness of Jewish identity in contemporary American textuality

Source document: Theory and Practice in English Studies. 2015, vol. 7, iss. 2, pp. [73]-82
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Due to historical, sociological and economical changes, the identity of American Jews has been undergoing an intensive transformation. The growing body of American Jewish literature reveals that the quest for perceiving the concept of Jewishness in America has not yet been accomplished. The paper draws on the theoretical assumptions of Tresa Grauer and Jack Kugelmass, who state that some of the answers to the question of identity in contemporary America can be found in textuality. The paper concentrates on the two most crucial determinants of identity which are "home" and "language," and on their gradual transformation to more abstract concepts such as "rhetorical territory" and "internal bilingualism."
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