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Coming Out Jewish (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 09/06/2000
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Like many Jews of our generation, Jon Stratton grew up in a family more concerned about assimilation than about preserving Jewish tradition. While he could easily 'pass' among non-Jews, he found himself increasingly torn between his fear of not belonging and a deeply-felt commitment to his family's past.
Coming Out Jewish examines the unique challenge of constructing an identity amid the clash between ethnicity and conformity. For many Jews, the idea of full assimilation ended with the Holocaust. But the pressure to adapt to the mainstream, Stratton eloquently argues, remains powerful, especially for those with anglicized names, assimilationist parents, a history of recent immigration, or ambivalent experiences of themselves as Jews. With reference to the work of Daniel Boyarin, Ien Ang, and Homi Bhabha, among others, Stratton offers fresh analysis on a wide range of topics, including the Jewish origins of pluralism in the US, anti-Semitism in Germany, the Jewishness of sitcoms like Seinfeld, and the Yiddishization of American culture since World War II.
More than a book about Jews and Jewishness, Coming Out Jewish smartly and accurately mines the Jewish experience in the West to give voice to the issues of migration, Diaspora, assimilation and identity that affect those, displaced and 'othered', around the world.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415222082
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This exciting new book trains our critical attentions on the way Jewishness travels in popular culture and in Cultural Studies. "Coming Out Jewish is a welcome addition to the vibrancy of the new Jewish Cultural Studies."
-Miriam Peskowitz, Emory University
"A brilliantly anxious reading of the state of Jewish identity. Jon Stratton has marked the cultural sites where an occluded, unspoken self-image and a history of given representations might meet. "Coming out Jewish is a work of recovery and innovation."
-Andrew Renton, Lecturer, Art History & Theoretical Studies, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
"This book makes a crucial bridge between the newly emerging Jewish Studies and Cultural Studies that will be essential reading for critics in both fields as well as all those concerned with issues of identity and multiculturalism."
-Nick Mirzoeff, Associate Professor of Art, SUNY Stony Brook

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