Cynthia Ozick (1928-)
A selective list of online literary criticism for Cynthia Ozick, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, articles published in reviewed sources, and web sites that adhere to the MLA Guidelines for Web Sites
Burstein, Janet Handler Publisher's blurb for Janet Handler Burstein's Writing Mothers, Writing Daughters. The book explores the mother-daughter relationship in the writing of prominent American Jewish authors, including Anzia Yezierska, Emma Goldman, Edna Ferber, Fannie Hurst, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich, Cynthia Ozick, Alix Kates Shulman, Erica Jong, Rosellen Brown, E. M. Broner, Kim Chernin.
Cohen, Sarah Blacher Publisher's blurb for Cynthia Ozick's Comic Art, by Sarah Blacher Cohen Indiana Univ. Press, 1994.
Cooper, Janet L. "Triangles of History and the Slippery Slope of Jewish American Identity in Two Stories by Cynthia Ozick." Says Cooper, "Cynthia Ozick's fiction is filled with characters in a state of identity crisis: "pagan rabbis," Holocaust survivors, and frustrated artists who are struggling against the continual pressure of being Jewish in a hostile Christian environment. Not only do these characters stumble through America like "inevitable exiles" (Kielsky 23), but they are extremely conscious of their struggle and think a great deal about who they are in relation to those around them (Walden 2). Therefore, it is virtually impossible to read one of Ozick's texts without thinking a great deal about Jewish American identity." In MELUS, Spring, 2000 (removed)
Halio, Jay L. and Ben Siegel. A review of Daughters of Valor: Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers. Edited by Jay L. Halio and Ben Siegel. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1997. In MELUS, Spring, 2000 by Peter Kerry Powers (removed)
Lowin, Joseph "Cynthia Ozick," originally published in Jewish Women in America (Paula Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore eds.)
Lowin, Joseph "Hebrew for Fun and Prophets," a short article on the Hebrew language in Philip Roth and Cynthia Ozick, in Hanukat CAJE, 3/15/01
Kauvar, Elaine M. Publisher's blurb for Cynthia Ozick's Fiction: Tradition and Invention, by Elaine M. Kauvar, Indiana Univ. Press, 1993
Klingenstein, Susanne A review of Enlarging America: The Cultural Work of Jewish Literary Scholars, 1930-1990. By Susanne Klingenstein, Syracuse University Press. "A New History Tells How Generations of Literary Critics Changed the Academy-and How It Changed Them." Review by Justin D. Cammy in Forward, 5/7/99
Pinsker, Sandord "Cynthia Ozick, Aesthete," by Sanford Pinsker in Partisan Review, April 10, 2002.
Powers, Peter Kerry. Disruptive memories: Cynthia Ozick, assimilation, and the invented past. Says Powers, "In her estimation, Jewish-American authors have too often bought literary success at the price of an internal colonialism, or-to use a more Ozickian term-at the price of an idolatry by which they eschew that which is historically Jewish in favor of the ephemera of Jewish ethnicity." MELUS, Fall, 1995 (removed)
Sivan, Miriam "Cynthia Ozick's Puttermesser and Bleilip: Dualism and Redemption" by Dr. Miriam Sivan, Haifa University
Wilner, Arlene Fish A long article surveys Cynthia Ozick's writing. "It is surprising at first to find the great disciple of Henry James denouncing art as idolatry; to find the woman writer shunning the idea of a specifically female sensibility; to find an enlightened humanist castigate Enlightenment values as "parochial"; and then to find all of these positions strangely contradicted. But the pattern of Ozick's work reveals that the apparent contradictions are sometimes resolved." Limning The Cannibal Galaxy: Cynthia Ozick's Moral Imagination. Criticism, Fall, 1998
Introduction & Lighter Reading
Extensive links to published reviews of Cynthia Ozick's novels, stories, and essays A page on Cynthia Ozick from the complete review, an unsigned web site that has collected a nearly complete set of links to full-text newspaper and magazine reviews of Cynthia Ozick's writing (for example, there are links to 33 reviews for Heir to the Glimmering World).
An interview with Cynthia Ozick "No one can escape their past, and everyone once had parents who made mistakes. Our New Hampshire correspondent Robert Birnbaum chats with the wonderful Cynthia Ozick about the underpinnings of her new novel, the rewards of touring, and exactly how do publishers think." In The Morning News, 12/14/04
Jewish-American literature: heavy on the Jewish in Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology
Forewords, Afterwards: A Keynote Address by Cynthia Ozick from a 1997 presentation at the Academy of American Poets
Casting a new light on a dark subject, an interview with Cynthia Ozick, who discusses her play Blue Light, about "Holocaust survivors forced to confront, via a young man who tries to convince them that the Holocaust never happened, their own secret history." In Interview, August, 1994 by Mercedes Ruehl
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