Suffer the Little Children [electronic resource] : Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children''s Literature
By: Eichler-Levine, Jodi.Material type: TextSeries: North American Religions Series: Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (254 p.).ISBN: 9780814724002.Subject(s): African Americans in literature | American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism | Children’s literature, American -- History and criticism | Children’s literature, Jewish -- History and criticism | History in literature | Jews in literature | Suffering in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Suffer the Little Children : Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children''s LiteratureDDC classification: 810.9/9282 | 810.99282 LOC classification: PS490 .E37 2013Online resources: Click here to access online
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Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Wild Things and Chosen Children; A Word about Language; 1 Remembering the Way into Membership; PART I: CROSSING AND DWELLING: AFTERLIVES OF MOSES AND MIRIAM; 2 The Unbearable Lightness of Exodus; 3 Dwelling in Chosen Nostalgia; PART II: BINDING AND UNBINDING: HAUNTINGS OF ISAAC AND JEPHTHAH'S DAUGHTER; 4 Bound to Violence: Lynching, the Holocaust, and the Limits of Representation; 5 Unbound in Fantasy: Reading Monstrosity and the Supernatural; Conclusion: The Abrahamic Bargain; Appendix: Children's Books; Notes
BibliographyIndex; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z; About the Author
"Illuminates the importance of fear and suffering in shaping African American and Jewish children's literature. . . . Gives a cogent understanding of how each community''s difficult historical narratives coupled with their religious and social lives have helped to prepare children to engage an American civic life that has been hostile at times to their ethnic groups." -Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania This compelling work examines classic and contemporary Jewish and African American children's literature. Through close readings of selected titles published since 1945, Jodi Eichler-Levine analyzes what is at stake in portraying religious history for young people, particularly when the histories in question are traumatic ones. In the wake of the Holocaust and lynchings, of the Middle Passage and flight from Eastern Europe''s pogroms, children's literature provides diverse and complicated responses to the challenge of representing difficult collective pasts. In reading the work of various prominent authors, including Maurice Sendak, Julius Lester, Jane Yolen, Sydney Taylor, and Virginia Hamilton, Eichler-Levine changes our understanding of North American religions. If children are the idealized recipients of the past, what does it mean to tell tales of suffering to children? Suffer the Little Children asks readers to alter their worldviews about children's literature as an "innocent" enterprise, revisiting the genre in a darker and more unsettled light. Jodi Eichler-Levine is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly, Shofar, and Postscripts .