By Ethan Goffman

Imagining one another explores Black-Jewish kin by means of reading the complicated 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 chronic questions of ethnic department and financial inequality that experience so encompassed the Black-Jewish narrative in the USA. Focusing totally on the Sixties and its aftermath, the ebook unearths how Jewish and African americans view one another via a posh dialectic of identity and distinction, channeled via ever-shifting positions inside of 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 strong biblical and mythic connections that replay themselves in modern situations. In doing so, he uncovers layers of which means in works that dramatize this turbulent, paradoxical dating, and divulges how this courting is paradigmatic of multicultural American self-invention.

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