Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book developed over time and has undergone extensive revisions and rewritings. Naturally, I owe a debt of gratitude to those who guided me through this process, especially Michael Kramer at the University of California, Davis, who...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-28

Starting in the early twentieth century with Jewish participation in Civil Rights organizations, but with much increased intensity from the 1960s on, a wealth of books, articles, and editorials has been published as part of an ongoing discussion about...

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1. The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man and Haunch, Paunch and Jowl: Two Versions of Passing

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pp. 29-70

The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man and Haunch, Paunch and Jowl serve here as the first two examples of ethnic literary revisions of the Bildungsroman. Both are also parodies of the autobiographical genre, particularly the autobiographical success story...

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2. Fanny Herself and Plum Bun: Art and Ethnic Solidarity

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pp. 71-102

Jessie Fauset’s Plum Bun was published in 1929 by Frederick E. Stokes in the U.S. and by Elkin, Mathews and Marrot in London, receiving mostly positive reviews upon appearance. Criticism of it, however, focused on its gentility and middle-class values...

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3. Brown Girl, Brownstones and Bread Givers: Reconciling Ethnicity and Individualism

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pp. 103-133

Although thirty-four years separate the publication dates of Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers (1925) and Paule Marshall’s Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959), and though significant historical events and social changes mark those years...

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4. Ethnic Nationalism and Ethnic Literary Responses

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pp. 134-156

Julia Wright has said that “Blake, in his own inimitable way, is articulating one of the fundamental precepts of the nationalism that emerged in Europe in the late eighteenth century, namely that culture is the tie that binds a nation together into a...

Notes

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pp. 157-182

Works Cited

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pp. 183-195

Index

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pp. 197-201