Isaac Bashevis Singer World Literature Analysis - Essay

Isaac Bashevis Singer World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

The world of Singer is an extremely limited one. Almost without exception, his characters are Eastern European Jews or Jewish residents of the United States who emigrated from Eastern Europe. All of his settings are Jewish communities, whether they are the little Polish villages, where so many of his short stories take place, the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, a Jewish section of New York City or of Miami Beach, or the Jewish homeland, Israel.

Even though Singer’s characters and his settings are limited, his novels may be placed three hundred years back in time or set in the present. Satan in Goray and Der Knekht (1961; The Slave, 1962) both take place in Poland in the middle of the seventeenth...

(The entire section is 4365 words.)