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Suffer the Little ChildrenUses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children's Literature$
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Jodi Eichler-Levine

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814722992

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814722992.001.0001

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The Abrahamic Bargain

(p.155) Conclusion
Suffer the Little Children

Jodi Eichler-Levine

NYU Press

This book concludes with a discussion of how moving from sacrificial citizenship to unbinding through fantasy has resulted in more pliable, less tightly bound spaces in the reading and writing of Jewish and African American children's literature. It notes the terrifying nature of the Abrahamic bargain that Jewish and African Americans make in the telling of their stories, as well as the persistence of religious metaphors in those texts. These children's books contain central themes of crossing and dwelling, sacrifice and suffering, pain and monstrosity that take readers through a popular story of American religious history. As this book has shown, children's literature, in its form and function, is a crucial aspect of how we form religious selves and of the performance and practice of North American religions.

Keywords:   fantasy, Jewish children's literature, African American children's literature, Jewish Americans, African Americans, sacrifice, suffering, monstrosity, religious history, North American religions

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