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Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America Hardcover – November 15, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0674019423 ISBN-10: 0674019423

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674019423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674019423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,990,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sundquist's mammoth study is a deeply researched and illuminating hard look at how the often positive, often fraught relationship between American Jews and blacks has manifested itself in literature, historical writing, sociology and popular entertainment over the past 60 years. Sundquist's wide-ranging erudition is evident on every page; he's as apt at finding points of dialogue among Harlem Renaissance writings, popular sociology of the 1930s and the later fiction of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Bruce Jay Friedman as he is at discussing "black responses to Nazism" in the writings of Zora Neale Hurston. His interpretations of this complicated material are nuanced and necessarily tentative. A professor of literature at UCLA, Sundquist is most engrossing when delving into a specific work, such as Bernard Malamud's The Tenants or Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (where he expands his discussion to include the Leo Frank case as well as the Nazi attack on jazz); the author is also compelling when he carefully elucidates his themes and arguments. Still, while this material will be of great interest to scholars of Jewish and African-American history and culture, the sheer mass of information, ideas and theoretical constructs may be overwhelming for the general reader. 11 b&w photos. (Nov.)
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Sundquist's mammoth study is a deeply researched and illuminating hard look at how the often positive, often fraught relationship between American Jews and blacks has manifested itself in literature, historical writing, sociology and popular entertainment over the past 60 years. Sundquist's wide-ranging erudition is evident on every page; he's as apt at finding points of dialogue among Harlem Renaissance writings, popular sociology of the 1930s and the later fiction of Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Bruce Jay Friedman as he is at discussing 'black responses to Nazism' in the writings of Zora Neale Hurston. (Publishers Weekly 2005-08-15)

Sundquist's study is exhaustive...This is the definitive literary study of a symbiotic and fraught ethnic relationship. Sundquist offers no apologies or easy answers, approaching his readings with careful precision; clear, lucid prose; astute judgment; and a rigorous historical understanding...Sundquist looks across ethnic lines to pick up the pieces of a fragmented ethnic dialogue. At a time when ethnic studies are often arbitrarily separated, Sundquist crosses the lines of Jewish studies, African American studies, and American studies to determine exactly who 'we' are. (David Yaffe Bookforum 2005-12-01)

Sundquist, a professor of literature at the University of California Los Angeles, constructs his elegant narrative on a spectacularly broad canvas, drawing on all manner of cultural artifacts -- from Saul Bellow to Bob Marley. It is a delight to see how he brings this array of sources to bear on the ambitious task of making sense of a topic that perplexes simplistic explanation and understanding. (Evan R. Goldstein Jewish Quarterly)

Eric J. Sundquist's immense and serious book pays the closest attention ever given to the symbiosis and the alienation of Jews and African Americans in the aftermath of World War II, even as he traces the emergence of major works of Jewish and black literatures in this same period...Sundquist's new book reveals not only how much of the literature we will remember from the last half of the twentieth century is literature of America's strangers--blacks and Jews. He also reveals how the tragic alliance and the estrangement of these groups from each other emerged as late twentieth-century American literature's most haunting obsession...This book is a moral argument for the high office, and the great risks, of literature...Despite its great richness, it would not be enough to call this book, as its jacket states, encyclopedic. Strangers in the Land is a much braver book than its compendiousness suggests. For the cumulative effect of Sundquist's careful search for the most complete explanatory contexts, and of his judicious counterpoising of black and Jewish materials, is that an awful lot of evidence is in. And thus the possibility of, and the obligation to, clear-eyed judgment draws nigh. By the end of the book, and in particular by the last two chapters, Holocaust and Spooks, Sundquist has assembled nuanced criteria for the judgment of what ought to count for constructive, as opposed to obsessional, engagement; what does, and ought to, count for self-searching, as opposed to narcissistic, expression; what does, and what ought to, count for lastingly valuable, as opposed to compellingly, noticeable art. (Elisa New New Republic 2007-02-12)

Eric Sundquist's Strangers in the Land, an insightful, intuitive, and penetrating analysis of the intellectual and cultural life of black and Jewish Americans during the post-Holocaust years, attempts to broaden this specialty significantly further. The not specifically sequential discourse, at times uncomplicated, at others imperious, engages the standards of black-Jewish relations identity, liberalism, civil rights, racism, anti-Semitism but also contributes perceptive and astute examinations of other black and Jewish antagonisms utilizing the vista of literary narratives...The result is a descriptively written book that examines the intellectual worthiness of the black-Jewish question while enhancing the impressive literature on black-Jewish relations in America. (Glen Anthony Harris Canadian Journal of History)

Attention to relations between Jews and Blacks has produced an extensive body of academic and popular literature, and Eric Sundquist has added an elegant and instructive analysis—indeed, it may be one of the most insightful books yet to appear...This is an important book which holds the reader’s attention and which can easily be assigned to undergraduate and graduate courses in the social sciences and humanities and yet will be of equal interest to scholars who have followed the discourse on Jewish-Black relations in both the popular media and the academic arena. (Katya Gibel Mevorach Shofar 2007-06-01)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leucippe on October 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Reading David Green, one of those self-confessed Jews, who feel obligated to trash Jews, Jewish culture, and Israel at every opportunity, my thought is that his unqualified rage and nasty vituperation have less to do with the book itself and its massive achievement than with Mr. Green's desire for a soapbox on which to proclaim his self-righteousness. He claims to have studied the Arab-Israeli conflict intensively for 9 years, but that's not what this book is about, and the problems between blacks and Jews have very little to do with that part of the world.
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16 of 45 people found the following review helpful By David Green on March 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A Critical Response to Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America

Since I began intensively studying the Israel-Palestine conflict nine years ago, I have (as a Jew) also been concerned with its historical and current effect on relations among blacks and Jews in this country. These relations have reflected the influence that neoconservatism, originating primarily among Jewish intellectuals, has had on mainstream (liberal) Jewish institutional life and political culture in America, and the manner in which Jewish-identified aspects of neoconservatism (opposition to affirmative action, support for Israel, an obsession with alleged anti-Semitism and now "Islamo-fascism") have been adopted by a broader culture of white racism and class privilege, with obvious dire effects both domestically and globally. What began as one aspect of the white ethnic intellectual backlash in the 1960s has evolved, been appropriated, and become central to the domestically ruthless and globally violent ideology of the current administration, with a concurrent black-Jewish subplot that has been much discussed but not adequately understood.

It is in this context that I was intrigued to discover a massive 527-page work of scholarship called Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America by UCLA English professor Eric Sundquist (Belknap-Harvard, 2005). Upon obtaining this book, however, I was quickly disappointed to find-in spite of many insightful analyses of literary works-a clear unwillingness to seriously engage the central issues noted above. While I will leave it to others to judge whether Strangers in the Land succeeds as a work of cultural/literary criticism, I would suggest that it is an utter and insidious failure of political criticism.
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