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Judaism, Jewishness, and the Universal Symbols of Identity: Re-Sacralizing the Star of David and the Color Yellow

Judaism, Jewishness, and the Universal Symbols of Identity: Re-Sacralizing the Star of David and... Judaism, Jewishness, and the Universal Symbols of Identity Re-Sacralizing the Star of David and the Color Yellow Dana M. Greene and James R. Peacock Introduction The purpose of this paper is to analyze socially constructed symbols of Jewish American identity that are produced by members of an elite intelligentsia: two groups of Jewish American authors who write short stories. Our discussion takes issues of identity formation in the Jewish American context and asks what processes act on the formation of a specific Jewish American group identity over time. It identifies the kinds of events that are incorporated into identity formation and institutional practices within the Jewish American community that offer a special way to understand issues of victimization. As evidence of how this process works, this study uses a random sample of 100 short stories written between 1946 and 1995 by Jewish American authors. Intended for consumption by Jewish American readers, these stories describe daily life within the Jewish American community and with surprising regularity bring issues of victimization into the imagined experience of readers. Their presentation of issues of Jewish American identity provides an easily accessible window, making visible the community's concerns through time. Perhaps more significantly, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Judaism, Jewishness, and the Universal Symbols of Identity: Re-Sacralizing the Star of David and the Color Yellow

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Judaism, Jewishness, and the Universal Symbols of Identity Re-Sacralizing the Star of David and the Color Yellow Dana M. Greene and James R. Peacock Introduction The purpose of this paper is to analyze socially constructed symbols of Jewish American identity that are produced by members of an elite intelligentsia: two groups of Jewish American authors who write short stories. Our discussion takes issues of identity formation in the Jewish American context and asks what processes act on the formation of a specific Jewish American group identity over time. It identifies the kinds of events that are incorporated into identity formation and institutional practices within the Jewish American community that offer a special way to understand issues of victimization. As evidence of how this process works, this study uses a random sample of 100 short stories written between 1946 and 1995 by Jewish American authors. Intended for consumption by Jewish American readers, these stories describe daily life within the Jewish American community and with surprising regularity bring issues of victimization into the imagined experience of readers. Their presentation of issues of Jewish American identity provides an easily accessible window, making visible the community's concerns through time. Perhaps more significantly,

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Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Sep 23, 2011

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