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Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children's Literature

Jodi Eichler-Levine


This book examines classic and contemporary Jewish and African American children's literature. Through close readings of selected titles published since 1945, the book analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. In the wake of the Holocaust and lynchings, of the Middle Passage and flight from Eastern Europe's pogroms, children's literature provides diverse and complicated responses to the challenge of representing difficult collective pasts. In reading the work of various prominent authors, includin ... More

Keywords: religious history, African American literature, Jewish literature, Holocaust, lynching, North American religions, American liberal democracy, nostalgia, suffering, children's literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814722992
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814722992.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jodi Eichler-Levine, author