Sunday, August 19, 2007

Maeera's Book (at Last!)


I can't (won't) tell you how long I've been waiting to make this announcement:

Singing in a Strange Land: A Jewish American Poetics, by our own Maeera Shreiber, is now available from Stanford University Press.

Here's the official description:
This book begins with a silence. While Jewish American fiction has long been recognized as a fit subject for critical inquiry, Jewish American poetry has largely been overlooked. Recently, a few books have started to redress this silence, focusing on some specific Jewish American poets. However, even as these studies begin to identify specific individuals as “Jewish American poets,” the field must be theorized so that we might understand this fascinating occlusion. Poetic forms need to be identified; and the material difference of Jewish cultural practice must be taken into account.

Taking a broad view of the subject, Singing in a Strange Land asks: How does being Jewish-in-America affect poetic production? And how does poetry help shape Jewish American identity? Beginning with a historical inquiry into the status of Jewish poetry as a marginalized kind of writing, and moving on to detailed analyses of poets including Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Louis Zukofsky, Louise Gl├╝ck, George Oppen, and Allen Grossman, Singing in a Strange Land helps us think about the ways in which displacement, exile, mourning, gender, and prayer contribute to the shaping of the Jewish American imagination and its poetic production.
We have only a handful of books on Jewish American poetry, and Maeera's bids fair to be essential reading. Let's all get copies and get talking about it here, shall we?

2 comments:

maeera shreiber said...

Thanks Eric for the warm welcome. As many of you know, the book was indeed a long time in the making. For a while it was called "Towards a Jewish American Poetics." Although the preposition has been ommited, it is still very much implied. The book means to extend a conversation initiated by Norman's book, Eric's collection and Fredman's book. I think one thing I try to do is to consider the role of gender in Jew-Am poetries. At any rate, I'd love to hear from folks (especially, but not exclusively, from the poets among us).
Thanks,

Maeera

maeera shreiber said...

Thanks Eric for the warm welcome. As many of you know, the book was indeed a long time in the making. For a while it was called "Towards a Jewish American Poetics." Although the preposition has been ommited, it is still very much implied. The book means to extend a conversation initiated by Norman's book, Eric's collection and Fredman's book. I think one thing I try to do is to consider the role of gender in Jew-Am poetries. At any rate, I'd love to hear from folks (especially, but not exclusively, from the poets among us).
Thanks,

Maeera