The Abrahamic Bargain
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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