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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. Chapter 1. The Jewish Soldier and Literary and Historical Precedents
  2. pp. 23-48
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  1. Chapter 2. 1948 and the Pacific Theater: "The Naked and the Dead" and "An Act of Love"
  2. pp. 49-76
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  1. Chapter 3. 1948 and the Holocaust: "The Young Lions", "That Winter", "The Crusaders, and Point of No Return"
  2. pp. 77-132
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  1. Chapter 4. 1952 and the New Conservatism: "The Caine Mutiny" and "Battle Cry"
  2. pp. 133-166
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  1. Chapter 5. 1961 and the New Liberalism: "Catch- 22"
  2. pp. 167-202
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 203-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-260
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 261-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-275
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810131453
Related ISBN
9780810131446
MARC Record
OCLC
916524749
Pages
260
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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