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The New Jew Canon: The Black Atlantic

  The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email. Title: The Black Atlantic Author: … Read More

By / April 28, 2008

 

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or email.

Author:

Paul Gilroy

Description:

Much hay has been made of life in the diaspora, and this book—while occasionally a little theory/jargon heavy—is an incredibly rich conceptualization of the material and cultural life of diaspora. For Gilroy, it's not diaspora as a sense of exile in which one is always longing to return "home," but rather about the ways that culture, ideas, and material circulate in and around diasporic communities. This is not a book about Jews, but it sheds important light on life in the diaspora.
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Ari Y. Kelman is an assistant professor of American Studies at UC Davis. Most of his research focuses on popular and unpopular cultures, both Jewish and not. He's working on a book about recorded sound, and has co-authored two studies and a series of reports with Steven M. Cohen about contemporary Jewish culture and identity. His first book Station Identification: a cultural history of Yiddish radio in America will be published by the University of California press.

The New Jew Canon is a long-term project that seeks to canonize essential Jewish (and some Non-Jewish) reads as recommended by extraordinary rabbis, experts, and cultural leaders. Suggestions are welcome via comments or tips.

Previously: Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Family Moskat, The Manor & The Estate, Shadows on the Hudson, recommended by Jennifer Moses

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