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The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Benjamin Schreier


In a sweeping critique of the field, this book resituates Jewish Studies in order to make room for a critical study of identity and identification. Displacing the assumption that Jewish Studies is necessarily the study of Jews, this book aims to break down the walls of the academic ghetto in which the study of Jewish American literature often seems to be contained: alienated from fields like comparative ethnicity studies, American studies, and multicultural studies; suffering from the unwillingness of Jewish Studies to accept critical literary studies as a legitimate part of its project; and s ... More

Keywords: identity, identification, Jewish Studies, Jews, Jewish American literature, ethnicity, multiethnic studies, critical theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479868681
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Schreier, author