The Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary

The Wandering Signifier: Rhetoric of Jewishness in the Latin American Imaginary

by Erin Graff Zivin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822343673

ISBN-13: 9780822343677

Pub. Date: 12/29/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

While Jews figure in the work of many modern Latin American writers, the questions of how and to what end they are represented have received remarkably little critical attention. Helping to correct this imbalance, Erin Graff Zivin traces the symbolic presence of Jews and Jewishness in late-nineteenth-through late-twentieth-century literary works from Argentina, Brazil…  See more details below

Overview

While Jews figure in the work of many modern Latin American writers, the questions of how and to what end they are represented have received remarkably little critical attention. Helping to correct this imbalance, Erin Graff Zivin traces the symbolic presence of Jews and Jewishness in late-nineteenth-through late-twentieth-century literary works from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Nicaragua. Ultimately, Graff Zivin's investigation of representations of Jewishness reveals a broader, more complex anxiety surrounding difference in modern Latin American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343677
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
12/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................1
Introduction "Jewishness," Alterity, and the Ethics of Representation....................29
One Diagnosing "Jewishness"....................74
Two The Scene of the Transaction....................119
Three Textual Conversions....................154
Four The Limits of Representation....................179
Notes....................195
Bibliography....................207

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