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The Cross and Other Jewish Stories$
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Lamed Shapiro and Leah Garrett

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110692

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110692.001.0001

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(p.ix) Introduction
The Cross and Other Jewish Stories

Leah Garrett

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the short fiction of American-Yiddish writer Lamed Shapiro. This volume presents some of Shapiro's works in a thematic passion. It suggests that Shapiro's theme of sexual violence may owe something to still another literary trend popular in the years when he was coming of age and that his writings graphically render the struggle of the modern Jew thrust into a desperate search for meaning at the very moment when the traditional community is decaying from within and threatened by destruction from without.

Keywords:   Lamed Shapiro, short fiction, American-Yiddish writer, sexual violence, literary trends, modern Jew, traditional community

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