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Thinking in Butler

Thinking in Butler ForUm : JUdiTh BUTler, AmeriCAN JewS, ANd The BdS moVemeNT Dean Franco Studies in American Jewish Literature, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2014. Copyright © 2014 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA So much has been said about the BDS movement in general, the ASA's boycott resolution in particular, and Judith Butler's advocacy of BDS at large that it seems important to begin this review of Parting Ways by saying what it is not. Parting Ways is not a polemic for boycotts, or even against Israel. It is not a rousing critique of Israeli human rights abuses or international illegality. Parting Ways is not even a sustained investigation into a coherent counter-Zionist Jewish philosophy. And it's not a great book. Which brings us to what it is: with a long introduction on what it would mean to locate Jewish resources to critique Zionism, followed by an idiosyncratic collection of chapters on Levinas, Benjamin, Arendt, Primo Levi, and Edward Said, Parting Ways is a book without a central argument, perhaps a series of studies on the question of a Jewish critique of Zionism, and an incomplete but potentially promising theoretical resource for invigorating how we think about diaspora. That http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Thinking in Butler

Studies in American Jewish Literature , Volume 33 (2)

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ForUm : JUdiTh BUTler, AmeriCAN JewS, ANd The BdS moVemeNT Dean Franco Studies in American Jewish Literature, Vol. 33, No. 2, 2014. Copyright © 2014 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA So much has been said about the BDS movement in general, the ASA's boycott resolution in particular, and Judith Butler's advocacy of BDS at large that it seems important to begin this review of Parting Ways by saying what it is not. Parting Ways is not a polemic for boycotts, or even against Israel. It is not a rousing critique of Israeli human rights abuses or international illegality. Parting Ways is not even a sustained investigation into a coherent counter-Zionist Jewish philosophy. And it's not a great book. Which brings us to what it is: with a long introduction on what it would mean to locate Jewish resources to critique Zionism, followed by an idiosyncratic collection of chapters on Levinas, Benjamin, Arendt, Primo Levi, and Edward Said, Parting Ways is a book without a central argument, perhaps a series of studies on the question of a Jewish critique of Zionism, and an incomplete but potentially promising theoretical resource for invigorating how we think about diaspora. That

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