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Race, Rights, and Recognition – Jewish American Literature since 1969 - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Race, Rights, and Recognition: Jewish American Literature since 1969

Dean J. Franco


This book explores the work of recent Jewish American writers, many of whom have taken unpopular stances on social issues, distancing themselves from the politics and public practice of multiculturalism. While these writers explore the same themes of group-based rights and recognition that preoccupy Latino, African American, and Native American writers, they are generally suspicious of group identities and are more likely to adopt postmodern distancing techniques than to presume to speak for “their people.” Ranging from Philip Roth's scandalous 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint to Gary Shteyngart ... More

Keywords: Jewish American writers, multiculturalism, Jewish writers, civil rights, cultural recognition, human rights, ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450877
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean J. Franco, author
Wake Forest University

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