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4.0 out of 5 stars Great shoe but..., 25 April 2014
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Jews and Jewishness in British Children's Literature (Children's Literature and Culture)
Jews and Jewishness in British Children's Literature (Children's Literature and Culture)
by Madelyn Travis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 82.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovation, insight and interest, 22 Jun 2013
Madelyn Travis has produced an outstanding work of scholarship, at its heart the most important driver of all - innovative insight. In `Jews and Jewishness in British Children's Literature' we are gifted a complex, well-argued work that carries within it messages far beyond children's literature - for it examines the translation of a troubling issue for adults into the world of fiction for the young, where its impact will be formative.

This book delivers a shock, though, in its detailed, well-argued unfolding of the persistence of Semitic and anti-Semitic stereotypes, and in its revelation of how ready they can be to spring up out of earth thought cleansed at last. Cited in the book, the resigned yet all-too understandably embittered phrase "The closed season on Jews is over", is haunting - not least because of its recent provenance. And yet one can see a basic literary problem facing modern authors of clear sight and goodwill - how do you resist a poisoned stereotype (is that tautology?) without first describing or at least somehow encompassing it? And what might you unleash when you do?

It's also revelatory to read of modern authors yielding to the seductive power of this image (the "bad Jew" etc.) Sadly, all Gentiles - like the present writer - have the potential for this corruption in them, though obviously the key point is what an individual does (and doesn't) do about it. It would seem in the end far better for a writer to deny to her/his pages such a "stereotrap" - how much harm would that do, either artistically or didactically? Surprising, too, is Travis' finding that so few have used the nature of being Jewish as an affirmative thing - to make, say, a work that tells of a journey from knee-jerk dislike to acceptance and understanding. Jewish culture and faith is so deep that would surely succeed, by simply presenting difference as rewarding, creative, stimulating - which, approached with an open heart, always enriches. Any Gentile who has, for example, attended shiva to commemorate the life of a departed person, will have found the firm but gentle inclusivity of the ceremony truly moving.

The insights `Jews and Jewishness in British Children's Literature' offers are often troubling, but for that very reason of great value. It should be a first starting point for anyone writing on such subjects, in fiction or in academe, and there is little doubt it will become a seminal text. Its originality and insightful power will readily ensure that.

Globalisation, Democracy And Terrorism
Globalisation, Democracy And Terrorism
by Eric Hobsbawm
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 130 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Generalization, Marxism and Rhetoric, 27 Oct 2007
How do you approach a Marxist historian - that is, someone who allows his judgment to be delimited by a 100 year-old political theory, terminally discredited by the hundreds of millions of those it killed and enslaved when translated into political action? I'd suggest the same way that you might judge someone who described him or herself as a 'Fascist historian'.

This book - actually a lazily assembled set of lectures, papers and prefaces - shows you why. Hobsbawm reveals himself to be strong in assertion but weak in analysis, offering no alternative to democracy despite wrinkling his nose over it (an early snipe about "the miraculous qualities assigned to governments elected by arithmetical majorities" sets the tone); childishly anti-American (his language, "megalomania" "crazies", etc, descending into Spartism whenever he talks about the USA, but going all soft and neutral when discoursing on leftist terror groups); completely ignoring the huge role in world conflict played by the heirs of Marx in China and the USSR, and the enormous suffering their cruel and failed policies caused; and plain ignorant on matters such as the provenance of weaponry and its uses by modern terror groups. (He clearly hasn't read Conrad's 'Secret Agent', for example, or acquainted himself properly with the tactics long used by such groups.)

But perhaps the major disappointment is the utter lack of fresh ideas, of insight and understanding, beyond the sort of journeyman, fill-space stuff you can read again and again in newspapers such as 'The Guardian' and 'The Independent', or hear and see on the BBC or Channel 4.

Do buy it, though, if you are a fan of these organs, and want your preconceptions reinforced - you'll feel all nice and warm, and best of all you won't even have to think!
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