‘Why Do You Have to Look So Jewish All the Time?’

Antisemitism and the Jewish Body in Howard Jacobson's Kalooki Nights

in European Judaism
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Joshua Lander Independent Researcher, UK

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Abstract

This article parses the role of the body in Howard Jacobson's Kalooki Nights and the manner in which Jacobson satirically draws on antisemitic concepts of Jewish difference. The article explores the role of the body in Jacobson's magnum opus and how the author deconstructs the binaries that define and separate Jews and non-Jews. It offers new close readings of the novel that focus on the protagonist's failed marriages, and – following from David Brauner's recent monograph-length study – brings into focus new ways in which Jacobson's novel engages and departs from Philip Roth.

Contributor Notes

Dr Joshua Lander is an independent researcher currently working as a secondary school teacher. He has published on Philip Roth, Judith Kerr and Eva Tucker, and has recently had his first piece of fiction published in New Writing Scotland. His current research is focused on how the Holocaust emerges across British-Jewish literature.

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