Blacks and Jews in Literary Conversation

Front Cover
Cambridge University Press, Sep 28, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages
In an attempt to lend a more nuanced ear to the ongoing dialogue between African and Jewish Americans, Emily Budick examines the works of a range of writers, critics, and academics from the 1950s through the 1980s. This study records conversations both explicit, such as essays and letters, and indirect, such as the fiction of Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Alice Walker, Cynthia Ozick, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin. The purpose is to understand how this dialogue has engendered misperceptions and misunderstandings, and how blacks and Jews in America have both sought and resisted assimilation.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Blacks and Jews in literary conversation

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Budick (American literature, Hebrew Univ.) has written a complex work on the vexing relationship between American and Jewish American writers during the last half of the century. Describing American ... Read full review

Blacks and Jews in literary conversation

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Budick (American literature, Hebrew Univ.) has written a complex work on the vexing relationship between American and Jewish American writers during the last half of the century. Describing American ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Mutual Textual Constructions of BlackJewish Identity
9
The Problem of Jewish American Identity in Bernard Malamuds Tenants
11
The Terms of the BlackJewish Cultural Debate Ralph Ellison Irving Howe and Stanley Edgar Hyman
19
Strangers in the Promised Land James Baldwin and Cynthia Chick
32
Jews in the Crossfire Next Time James Baldwin
41
The Competition for the American House of Fiction
51
Crisis and Commentary in AfricanJewish American Relations
61
Disentangling Black and Jewish History Stanley Elkins Ralph Waldo Ellison and Hannah Arendt
62
Transcendentalizing the Jewish Subject in Lionel Trillings Other Margaret and H J Kaplans Mohammedans
122
Jewishness and Race in Isaac Rosenfelds Passage from Home and Philip Roths Goodbye Columbus
139
The Black the Israeli and the American Jew in Saul Bellows Mr Sammlers Planet
149
Cultural Autonomy Supersessionism and the Jew in African American Fiction
161
Chester Himess Lonely Crusade to an African American Faith
167
Alice Walkers Meridian as African American Scripture
179
Jewish History and the African American Experience in Song of Solomon and Beloved
188
The Anguish of the Other On the Mutual Displacements Appropriations and Accommodations of Culture Toni Morrison Cynthia Ozick William Styr...
200

Assimilation Miscegenation Black Nationalism and Jewish Zionism Norman Podhoretz and Harold Cruse
86
Liberalism Pluralism and the American Family Fantasy Sidney Hook and James Baldwin
102
White Negroes Black Jews and Invisible Men Norman Mailer Leslie Fiedler James Baldwin and Ralph Ellison
107
Race Homeland and the Construction of Jewish American Identity
119
Notes
219
Index
249
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information