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By Adam Zachary Newton

A examining of African American and Jewish American writers from Henry Roth and Ralph Ellison to Philip Roth and David Bradley. examining the paintings of such writers along and during each other, Newton's publication bargains an unique manner of juxtaposing significant traditions in smooth American literature, and rethinking the occasionally vexed dating among constituencies often restricted to sociopolitical or media remark by myself. Newton combines Emmanuel Levinas's moral philosophy and Walter Benjamin's conception 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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