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By Ethan Goffman

Imagining one another explores Black-Jewish family members via analyzing the advanced methods they've got portrayed one another in fresh American literature. It illuminates their dramatic alliances and conflicts and their dilemmas of identification and assimilation, and addresses the continual questions of ethnic department and financial inequality that experience so encompassed the Black-Jewish narrative in the United States. Focusing totally on the Sixties and its aftermath, the ebook finds how Jewish and African americans view one another via a posh dialectic of id and distinction, channeled through ever-shifting positions inside American society. during the works of Richard Wright, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall, Grace Paley, and others, Goffman unfolds a narrative of 2 peoples with robust biblical and mythic connections that replay themselves in modern conditions. In doing so, he uncovers layers of which means in works that dramatize this turbulent, paradoxical courting, and divulges how this courting is paradigmatic of multicultural American self-invention.

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