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By Jennifer Glaser

In the a long time following international battle II, many American Jews sought to downplay their distinction, as a way of assimilating into center the United States. but an important minority, together with many famous 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 process, judiciously assessing either its boundaries and its strength advantages.  Glaser considers how the perform of racial ventriloquism has replaced through the years, studying the books of many recognized writers, together with Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, Michael Chabon, Saul Bellow, etc.  
Bringing Jewish experiences into dialog with severe race idea, Glaser additionally opens up a discussion among Jewish-American literature and different kinds of media, together with movies, magazines, and image novels. in addition, she demonstrates how Jewish-American fiction may 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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