Writing Indians and Jews

Metaphorics of Jewishness in South Asian Literature

Authors: Guttman, A.

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Writing Indians and Jews examines discursive practices surrounding the representation of Jews and Jewishness in Indian literature in English. These investigations make an important contribution to the study of contemporary South Asian and diasporic literature, and understandings of anti-Semitism, religious fundamentalism, and globalization.

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Anna Guttman is Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature at Lakehead University, Canada. She is the co-editor of The Global Literary Field and author of The Nation of India in Contemporary Indian Literature.

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"Guttman's book makes an important contribution to the field of Jewish studies by offering a lucid and erudite assessment of the tropes of Jewishness by both Jewish and non-Jewish authors of South Asian descent . . . Writing Indians and Jews offers a comprehensive account of the ways in which metaphors of Jewishness have travelled beyond Europe and the continuing relevance of tropes of Jewishness for both Jewish and non-Jewish authors." - Jewish Quarterly

"Guttman's fascinating study traces a remarkable range of proximities, conjunctions and interactions between Jews and South Asians as enacted in the broad field of South Asian literature. Her searching emphasis on such axial connections between margins and minorities conclusively knocks Eurocentric concepts of the stranger and the stigmatized off their perch. No one interested in the study of postcolonial diasporas, migration, and inter-culturalism can afford to be without this book." - Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, UK

"The book is a model of careful research by a scholar who understands the entangled intellectual contexts within which Jewishness is discussed in South Asian national and postcolonial discourses. Guttman is extraordinarily knowledgeable about the range of representations of Jews in South Asian literature, and she is able to reveal the nuances with which images of Jews are appropriated or reframed by South Asian writers, including Jewish ones. The study is intellectually broad-ranging, encompassing critical analysis of the correspondingly shifting and unstable place of Jews in Europe and North America, and delving deeply into the ways in which Jews and the representations of them - whether sympathetic or disdainful, complex or stereotypical - have become deeply interwoven into debates on postcolonialism, religion, and cultural identity in South Asia and among its diasporas. Guttman has chosen her topic exceedingly well and writes about it with grace, probity, and passionate intelligence." - Lincoln Shlensky, Associate Professor of English, University of Victoria, Canada


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Indians and Jews
Book Subtitle
Metaphorics of Jewishness in South Asian Literature
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Anna Guttman
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33969-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137339690
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33967-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46452-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 209
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