29. The Jewish American Story

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Andrew Furman Professor Director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch29

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Furman, A. (2010) The Jewish American Story, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Florida Atlantic University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • Jewish American story;
  • Jewish experience in America (the Jewish American story) - as one of our country's greatest immigrant success stories;
  • history of Jewish American story - that is to say, works of short fiction crafted by Jewish Americans;
  • first generation of Jewish immigrants from Europe - contributing memorable stories to the canon of American literature;
  • Philip Roth burst upon literary scene with his National Book Award - winning Goodbye, Columbus (1959);
  • strength of Saul Bellow's and Philip Roth's novels - tending to overshadow their stories;
  • “An Interest in Life,” Paley poignantly evoking dwindling options afforded to her female protagonist;
  • dazzling post-immigrant fiction of marginality and alienation running its course


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Immigrant Beginnings

  • The Golden Age

  • After Alienation: Waning and Return

  • The New Immigrants

  • Conclusion

  • References and Further Reading