Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism

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Invaluable reading for anyone interested in multiculturalism."—Julius Lester, author of Lovesong

"I know of no other work that, through numerous insights and useful distinctions, so alerts us to and comprehensively documents the ongoing constitutive role of Christian and anti-semitic perceptions of Jewish existence and the interactions between them. Whereas much contemporary historiography has become so specialized that historians have surrendered the larger picture, Biale's panoramic perspective reveals the ...

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Overview

"
Invaluable reading for anyone interested in multiculturalism."—Julius Lester, author of Lovesong

"I know of no other work that, through numerous insights and useful distinctions, so alerts us to and comprehensively documents the ongoing constitutive role of Christian and anti-semitic perceptions of Jewish existence and the interactions between them. Whereas much contemporary historiography has become so specialized that historians have surrendered the larger picture, Biale's panoramic perspective reveals the great value and interest of this work."—Steven E. Aschheim, author of Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520211223
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Biale is Professor of Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Michael Galchinsky is Professor of English at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Susannah Heschel is Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Dialectic of Jewish Enlightenment 1
1 The Melting Pot and Beyond: Jews and the Politics of American Identity 17
2 In Defense of Shaatnez: A Politics for Jews in a Multicultural America 34
3 Pluralism and Its Discontents: The Case of Blacks and Jews 55
4 Multiculturalism and the Politics of Interest 88
5 Jewish Studies as Counterhistory 101
6 The Paradox of Jewish Studies in the New Academy 116
7 The Double Canonicity of the Hebrew Bible 131
8 The Idea of Judaism in Feminism and Afrocentrism 150
9 Scattered Seeds: A Dialogue of Diasporas 185
10 Language as Homeland in Jewish-American Literature 212
11 Modernism and Exile: A View from the Margins 231
12 Fag-Hags and Bu-Jews: Toward a Jewish Politics of Vicarious Identity 254
Notes on Contributors 269
Index 273
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