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By Jennifer Glaser

ISBN-10: 081357739X

ISBN-13: 9780813577395

ISBN-10: 0813577403

ISBN-13: 9780813577401

In the a long time following international warfare II, many American Jews sought to downplay their distinction, as a way of assimilating into center the USA. but an important minority, together with many renowned Jewish writers and intellectuals, clung to their ethnic distinction, utilizing it to sign in dissent with the established order and act as spokespeople for non-white America. 
In this provocative publication, Jennifer Glaser examines how racial ventriloquism grew to become a trademark of Jewish-American fiction, as Jewish writers asserted that their very own ethnicity enabled them to talk for different minorities. instead of easily condemning this racial ventriloquism as a sort of cultural appropriation or commending it as an act of empathic mind's eye, Borrowed Voices bargains a nuanced research of the strategy, judiciously assessing either its boundaries and its capability advantages.  Glaser considers how the perform of racial ventriloquism has replaced through the years, studying the books of many famous writers, together with Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, Michael Chabon, Saul Bellow, etc.  
Bringing Jewish reviews into dialog with serious race thought, Glaser additionally opens up a discussion among Jewish-American literature and different kinds of media, together with motion pictures, magazines, and image novels. additionally, she demonstrates how Jewish-American fiction will help us comprehend the bigger anxieties approximately ethnic identification, authenticity, and authorial voice that emerged within the wake of the civil rights movement.

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