Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity / Edition 1

Klezmer America: Jewishness, Ethnicity, Modernity / Edition 1

by Jonathan Freedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231142781

ISBN-13: 9780231142786

Pub. Date: 01/11/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Jonathan Freedman argues that terms central to the Jewish experience in America, nations like "the immigrant", the "ethnic", and even the "model minority", have worked and continue to intertwine the Jewish-American with the experiences, histories, and imaginative productions of Lations, Asians, African Americans, and gays and lesbians, among others. He traces these

Overview

Jonathan Freedman argues that terms central to the Jewish experience in America, nations like "the immigrant", the "ethnic", and even the "model minority", have worked and continue to intertwine the Jewish-American with the experiences, histories, and imaginative productions of Lations, Asians, African Americans, and gays and lesbians, among others. He traces these relationships in a number of arenas: the crossover between jazz and klezmer and its consequences in Philip Roth's The Human Stain; the relationship betweem Jewishness and queer identity in Tony Kushner's Angels in America; fictions concerning ceypto Jews in Cuba and the Mexican-American bordland; the connection between Jews and Christian apocalyptic narratives; stories of "new immigrants" by Bharathi Mukherjee, Gish Jen, Lan Samantha Chang, and Gary Shteyngart; and the revisionary relation of these authors to the classic Jewish American immigrant narratives of Henry Roth, Bernard Malamud, and Saul Bellow. By interrogating the fraught and multidimensional uses of Jews, Judaism, and Jewishness, Freedman deepens our understanding of ethnoracial complexities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231142786
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Angels, Monsters and Jews: From Kushner to Klezmer 39

2 Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, and the Making of Ethnic Masculinity 94

3 Antisemitism Without Jews: Left Behind in the American Heartland 140

4 The Human Stain of Race: Roth, Sirk, and Shaw in Black, White, and Jewish 164

5 Conversos, Marranos, and Crypto-Latinos: Jewish-Hispanic Crossings and the Uses of Ethnicity 209

6 Transgressions of a Model Minority 251

7 Asians and Jews in Theory and Practice 283

Conclusion: The Klezmering of America 322

Notes 333

Index 371

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