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By Jennifer Glaser

ISBN-10: 081357739X

ISBN-13: 9780813577395

ISBN-10: 0813577403

ISBN-13: 9780813577401

In the many years following global warfare II, many American Jews sought to downplay their distinction, as a method of assimilating into heart the US. but an important minority, together with many trendy Jewish writers and intellectuals, clung to their ethnic distinction, utilizing it to sign up dissent with the established order and act as spokespeople for non-white America. 
In this provocative booklet, Jennifer Glaser examines how racial ventriloquism turned an indicator 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 kind of cultural appropriation or commending it as an act of empathic mind's eye, Borrowed Voices deals a nuanced research of the method, judiciously assessing either its boundaries and its power advantages.  Glaser considers how the perform of racial ventriloquism has replaced through the years, interpreting 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 severe race conception, Glaser additionally opens up a discussion among Jewish-American literature and different kinds of media, together with motion pictures, magazines, and photo novels. additionally, she demonstrates how Jewish-American fiction might 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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