By Ethan Goffman

Imagining one another explores Black-Jewish family members by means of reading 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 chronic questions of ethnic department and monetary inequality that experience so encompassed the Black-Jewish narrative in the US. Focusing totally on the Sixties and its aftermath, the booklet unearths how Jewish and African americans view one another via a fancy dialectic of identity and distinction, channeled through 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 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 dating, and divulges how this dating is paradigmatic of multicultural American self-invention.

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