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Times Literary SupplementThere are some fascinating vignettes in this book.
— Shoel Stadlen
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.
— Shoel Stadlen
There are some fascinating vignettes in this book.
always engaging and at time groundbreaking.
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