Brenner, Rachel Feldhay

A. M. Klein, the Father of Canadian Jewish Literature Essays in the Poetics of Humanistic Politics
1991 0-88946-259-3
Winner of the 1992 Jewish Book Committee Award in recognition of excellence in literary scholarship.

Studies the Russian-born Canadian-Jewish poet and author of Hitleriad, A. M. Klein. Examines Klein's representations of the post-war humanist crisis. Examines the extent to which Klein's Canadian Jewish identity informs the poet's quest for the ethical restitution of the world at large, and contests the accepted critical view of Klein as a Jewish poet unable to escape the parochialism of the Canadian literary scene. Outlines the poetics of Klein's quest for language and form which would sustain the meaningfulness of art in the face of devastating historical reality.