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By Adam Zachary Newton

A studying of African American and Jewish American writers from Henry Roth and Ralph Ellison to Philip Roth and David Bradley. studying the paintings of such writers along and during each other, Newton's booklet bargains an unique approach of juxtaposing significant traditions in glossy American literature, and rethinking the occasionally vexed courting among constituencies regularly restrained to sociopolitical or media statement on my own. Newton combines Emmanuel Levinas's moral philosophy and Walter Benjamin's idea of allegory in shaping an leading edge type of ethical-political feedback. via crafty, dialogical readings of Saul Bellow and Chester Himes, David Mamet and Anna Deavere Smith, and others, Newton seeks to symbolize American Blacks and Jews outdoor the distorting replicate of 'Black-Jewish Relations', and restrictive literary histories alike. a last bankruptcy addresses the Black/Jewish size of the O. J. Simpson trial.

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