Facing Black and Jew
Literature as Public Space in Twentieth-Century America
By (author) Adam Zachary Newton
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Facing Black and Jew by Adam Zachary Newton
Book DescriptionA reading of African American and Jewish American writers from Henry Roth and Ralph Ellison to Philip Roth and David Bradley. Reading the work of such writers alongside and through one another, Newton's book offers an original way of juxtaposing two major traditions in modern American literature, and rethinking the sometimes vexed relationship between two constituencies ordinarily confined to sociopolitical or media commentary alone. Newton combines Emmanuel Levinas's ethical philosophy and Walter Benjamin's theory of allegory in shaping an innovative kind of ethical-political criticism. Through artful, dialogical readings of Saul Bellow and Chester Himes, David Mamet and Anna Deavere Smith, and others, Newton seeks to represent American Blacks and Jews outside the distorting mirror of 'Black-Jewish Relations', and restrictive literary histories alike. A final chapter addresses the Black/Jewish dimension of the O. J. Simpson trial.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521651066
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Adam Zachary Newton
Facing Black and Jew, Paperback (July 1999)
Reading the work of African American and Jewish American authors alongside and through one another.
Narrative Ethics, Paperback (December 1997)» View all books by Adam Zachary Newton
This text makes a case for understanding narrative as ethics. Assuming an intrinsic and necessary connection between the two, it explores the ethical consequences of telling stories and fictionalizing character, and the reciprocal claims binding teller, listener, witness, and reader in the process.
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