Multiculturalism and the Jews
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - 293
In this powerful and wide-ranging study, Sander Gilman explores the idea of 'the multicultural' in the contemporary world, a question he frames as the question of the relationship between Jews and Muslims. How do Jews define themselves, and how are they in turn defined, within the global struggles of the moment, struggles that turn in large part around a secularized Christian perspective?
Gilman uses his subject to unpack a sequence of important issues: what does it mean to be multicultural? Can the experience of diaspora Judaism serve as a useful model for Islam in today's multicultural Europe? What is a multicultural ethnic? Other chapters look at specific figures in Jewish cultural history – Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, Israel Zangwill, Philip Roth, the hermaphrodite N.O. Body (aka Karl Baer, raised as Martha Baer) – to explore issues within Jewish identity. Throughout, Gilman pays keen attention to the ways in which contemporary literature – Chabon, Ozick, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer, Gary Shteyngart – taking the idea of Jewishness and multiculturalism into new arenas.
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Chapter One CAN THE EXPERIENCE OF DIASPORA JUDAISM SERVE AS A MODEL FOR ISLAM IN TODAYS MULTICULTURAL EUROPE?
Chapter Two JEWS AND THE CULTURE OF DECORUM IN ENLIGHTENMENT AND POSTENLIGHTENMENT GERMANY
Chapter Three JEWS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE MULTICULTURAL ETHNIC
Chapter Four JEWS MULTICULTURALISM AND ISRAEL ZANDWILLS MELTING POT
An Answer to Hybridity
Jews Music and the Performance of Identity
Chapter Seven WHOSE BODY IS IT ANYWAY? Hermaphrodites Gays and Jews in NO Bodys Germany
Philip Roth and Hanif Kureishi Confront Success
Imagining Jewish History and Jewish Bodies in Contemporary NonJewish Multicultural Literature
Late Twentieth and Early TwentyFirstCentury Literary Multiculturalism as Seen from Jewish Perspectives
Cultural Values in Green and Racial AntiSemitism