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Under Postcolonial Eyes: Figuring the Jew in Contemporary British Writing: Book by Efraim Sicher

Under Postcolonial Eyes: Figuring the Jew in Contemporary British Writing

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ISBN: 9780803245037    Publisher: University of Nebraska Press Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 320        
In the Western literary tradition, the Jew has long been a figure of ethnic exclusion and social isolation - the wanderer, the scapegoat, the alien. But it is no longer clear where a perennial outsider...Read more
In the Western literary tradition, the Jew has long been a figure of ethnic exclusion and social isolation - the wanderer, the scapegoat, the alien. But it is no longer clear where a perennial outsider belongs. This provocative study of contemporary British writing points to the figure of the "jew" as the litmus test of multicultural society. Efraim Sicher and Linda Weinhouse examine the "jew" as a cultural construction distinct from the "Jewishness" of literary characters in novels by, among others, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Doris Lessing, Monica Ali, Caryl Philips, and Zadie Smith, as well as contemporary art and film. Here the image of the "jew" emerges in all its ambivalence, from postcolonial migrant and modern everyman to more traditional representations of the conspirator and malefactor. The multicultural discourses of ethnic and racial hybridity reflect dissolution of national and personal identities, yet the search for transnational, cultural forms conceals both acceptance of marginal South Asian, Caribbean, or Jewish voices and the danger of resurgent anti-semitic tropes.
Innovative in its contextualization of the "jew" in the multiculturalism debate in contemporary Britain, Under Postcolonial Eyes analyzes the narrative of identities in a globalized culture and offers new interpretations of postmodern classics.
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About the author: Efraim Sicher

Efraim Sicher is a professor of English and comparative literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and the author of "The Holocaust Novel"... Read more

Efraim Sicher is a professor of English and comparative literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and the author of "The Holocaust Novel" and "Rereading the City/Rereading Dickens: Representation, the Novel, and Urban Realism." Linda Weinhouse is a professor of English and women's studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland. She has written widely on Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, and Anita Desai.
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Remarkably comprehensive."--Devorah Baum, "Jewish Quarterly"--Devorah Baum "Jewish Quarterly

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