Mikkelsen, Ann. “From Sympathy to Empathy: Anzia Yezierska and the Transformation of the American Subject.” American Literature (June. Every American has heard stories of Eastern European and Southern European immigration to the United States in the late nineteenth and. short stories of Anzia Yezierska. I will show that remains invested in a vision of. America where sympathetic affective bonds serve as the primary solution.

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In a short time, during the s, she became ane for her writing. Civil engineers improved city transportation and paved the streets. Persea Books,— Through self-analysis and perseverance, she is able to create a realistic definition of America and to find a place for herself within its culture.

For example, New York passed a law in that greatly improved new tenement buildings.

In this new America, dreams of the future are not dashed and dismissed by annzia realities of the present. Her most studied work is Bread Givers Her passions are not enough to sustain her, and she, like so many other immigrants, accepts a menial position as a maid for a family from the Old World who appear to have assimilated to this Yfzierska World.

It was the last novel Yezierska published before falling into obscurity. The narrator left Russia because she ameriica there was nothing for her there: How to cite this page Jewish Women’s Archive. Unlike the Pilgrims, when confronted with adversity, she has always lost heart and faith in America. Please consider making a gift to JWA today! How has immigration affected the different generations of our families? Yezierska’s Children of Loneliness raises many questions for discussion.


Published inthis work was inspired by her own struggles. The JWA Podcast listen now.

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Her father was a scholar of Torah and sacred texts. Part of what drove Yezierska away from her own family was her quest for equality and respect, which she saw as unattainable given the roles of men and women in traditional Jewish culture at that time.

Many Jews faced discrimination; for example, some employers refused yeziegska hire Jews. The man and his wife both chastise Yezierska for speaking to them of her wages and refuse to pay her.

Although her parents encouraged her brothers to snd high school and college, she left school after only two years of elementary education and worked in sweatshops to help support her family.

These immigrants brought to America different ideas and traditions. You could learn to be a designer.

Soul of a People: All she needs—or so she thinks—is American clothing to cover up her immigrant heritage. Edited by Sharon M.

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The counselor yezzierska her to become a shirtwaist designer. The industry takes no interest in her passions nor her skills unless they can improve productivity. In From Hester Street to Hollywood: Rutgers University Press, City planners controlled and regulated city growth, created safer building codes, and developed public parkland.

The mother and father are devastated by their daughter’s rejection of them and their immigrant ways. Jewish Women and Jewish Writing. At the same time, she longs for the comfort and warmth of her parents’ home. Her collection, Children yezierrska Lonelinessfocused on the struggles of first generation Americans in search of the American Dream.


The stories are legion, the images unforgettable. In addition, she longs to discover a way to make her dreams come true, a way to reinvent herself as a real American. When she discovers that few such opportunities are available to her and that she will have to fight to be heard, she questions adn America really is and what it means to her.

Anzia Yezierska

The older generation feels desperate and helpless to preserve Jewish traditions and ways of life, as they watch their treasured children turn away from them. For a time, Yezierska feels aanzia America owes her something. All day long, only with my hands I work.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. As the cities became increasingly crowded, city officials found themselves unable to keep up with demands for housing and social services. Retrieved December 11, from Encyclopedia.

amedica How has assimilation affected the connections we have with our parents and children? Anzia Yezierska died November 21, of a stroke in a nursing home in Ontario, California.

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