Coming Out Jewish by Jon StrattonComing Out Jewish by Jon Stratton

Coming Out Jewish

byJon StrattonEditorJon Stratton

Paperback | August 18, 2000

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Like many Jews of our generation, Jon Stratton grew up in a family more concerned about assimilation than about preserving Jewish tradition. While he could easily 'pass' among non-Jews, he found himself increasingly torn between his fear of not belonging and a deeply-felt commitment to his family's past.
Coming Out Jewishexamines the unique challenge of constructing an identity amid the clash between ethnicity and conformity. For many Jews, the idea of full assimilation ended with the Holocaust. But the pressure to adapt to the mainstream, Stratton eloquently argues, remains powerful, especially for those with anglicized names, assimilationist parents, a history of recent immigration, or ambivalent experiences of themselves as Jews. With reference to the work of Daniel Boyarin, Ien Ang, and Homi Bhabha, among others, Stratton offers fresh analysis on a wide range of topics, including the Jewish origins of pluralism in the US, anti-Semitism in Germany, the Jewishness of sitcoms likeSeinfeld, and the Yiddishization of American culture since World War II.
More than a book about Jews and Jewishness,Coming Out Jewishsmartly and accurately mines the Jewish experience in the West to give voice to the issues of migration, Diaspora, assimilation and identity that affect those, displaced and 'othered', around the world.
Jon Stratton is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at Curtin University of Technology, Australia
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Title:Coming Out JewishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:August 18, 2000Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Growing up Jewish can be difficult, especially when you are part of a Jewish family more worried about assimilating than maintaining Jewish tradition. Jon Stratton fit in among non-Jews yet felt torn between the need to belong and the need to preserve his cultural heritage. In Coming Out Jewish, Stratton explores the challenges of developing an identity between ethnicity and conformity. The pressure to adapt to the mainstream is powerful, particularly for those with anglicized names, assimilationist parents or ambivalent feelings toward Jewishness. Stratton examines such topics as American pluralism’s Jewish origins, anti-Semitism in Germany and Jewish sitcoms.

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"This exciting new book trains our critical attentions on the way Jewishness travels in popular culture and in Cultural Studies. "Coming Out Jewish is a welcome addition to the vibrancy of the new Jewish Cultural Studies."-Miriam Peskowitz, Emory University "A brilliantly anxious reading of the state of Jewish identity. Jon Stratton has marked the cultural sites where an occluded, unspoken self-image and a history of given representations might meet. "Coming out Jewish is a work of recovery and innovation."-Andrew Renton, Lecturer, Art History & Theoretical Studies, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London "This book makes a crucial bridge between the newly emerging Jewish Studies and Cultural Studies that will be essential reading for critics in both fields as well as all those concerned with issues of identity and multiculturalism."-Nick Mirzoeff, Associate Professor of Art, SUNY Stony Brook