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The Jews Are “The New Jews”

The Jews Are “The New Jews” <p>abstract:</p><p>This article explores the place of Jews and Jewishness in a broader American political and cultural discourse of race and racialization. Borrowing methods and analyses from across the field of Critical Race Studies, the article argues that Jewish Studies should shift attention toward Jewishness as a discursive formation in order to understand the significance of iterations of Jewishness that are not directly or wholly about Jews. Beginning with the phrase “the new Jews,” the article examines how Jewishness is a trope for the regulation of whiteness, and proceeds with an analysis of how Jews and Jewishness circulate in three recent works of black cultural production: Jay-Z’s song and video “The Story of O.J,” Spike Lee’s <i>BlacKkKlansman</i>, and the finale of season 2 of Donald Glover’s series <i>Atlanta</i>. I conclude that all three employ Jewishness to signify the complexities of whiteness, including the regulation of capital, property, and national sovereignty. Analyzing Jewishness in otherwise non-Jewish contexts requires Jewish Studies to look beyond its disciplinary domains and to ally with other fields of Race Studies.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

The Jews Are “The New Jews”

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Penn State University Press
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1948-5077

Abstract

<p>abstract:</p><p>This article explores the place of Jews and Jewishness in a broader American political and cultural discourse of race and racialization. Borrowing methods and analyses from across the field of Critical Race Studies, the article argues that Jewish Studies should shift attention toward Jewishness as a discursive formation in order to understand the significance of iterations of Jewishness that are not directly or wholly about Jews. Beginning with the phrase “the new Jews,” the article examines how Jewishness is a trope for the regulation of whiteness, and proceeds with an analysis of how Jews and Jewishness circulate in three recent works of black cultural production: Jay-Z’s song and video “The Story of O.J,” Spike Lee’s <i>BlacKkKlansman</i>, and the finale of season 2 of Donald Glover’s series <i>Atlanta</i>. I conclude that all three employ Jewishness to signify the complexities of whiteness, including the regulation of capital, property, and national sovereignty. Analyzing Jewishness in otherwise non-Jewish contexts requires Jewish Studies to look beyond its disciplinary domains and to ally with other fields of Race Studies.</p>

Journal

Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Mar 17, 2020

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