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Warren Hoffman: The Passing Game

Warren Hoffman: The Passing Game

Queering Jewish American Culture. USA 2009, 207 pp., hardbound, € 22.59
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Tony Kushner's epic play »Angels in America« was remarkable for its sensitive engagement of Jewish American and gay cultures plus bringing these themes to a mainstream audience. While the play represented a watershed in American theater and culture, it belies a century of previous attention to queer Jewish identity in 20th-century American literature, drama, and film. This pioneering book sheds light on this long history, taking up both Yiddish and English narratives that explore the tensions among Jewish identity, queer sexuality, performance, and American citizenship. The author highlights the ways in which the characters in canonical texts like »Wasteland« by Jo Sinclair attempt to »pass« as white, straight, and American in the early and mid-20th century.
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