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Cheung Andrew Cheung Stephanie Clare Expository Writing BU 11 February 2011 Side Street Struggles What exactly is marginal redemption? For that matter, what is and who decides redemption for a person? These are a few of the questions one must ask themselves as they navigate Jonathan Boyarin’s recount of a Jew finding himself in the 20 th century “Waiting for a Jew”. Similarly we find some of the same questions regarding redemption and self-image shrouding Beth Loffereda’s “Losing Matt Shepard” suggesting some parallels in both the text and the authors thought process. Both authors attempt to summarize (summarize what?) by immersing themselves in their studies, but in doing so both authors find their voices somewhat limited by becoming too close to what they are analyzing and create a skewed image of that which they are studying. Loffreda’s essay was one about media and how they deliver false information or under the wrong motives as well as about the dehumanization of people during this process. Boyarin’s text was somewhat of an autobiography as well as an ethnography in that he recounted his childhood up through his adulthood to give us a perspective on living an Orthodox Jewish life and the complexities of being Jewish in a white non-Semite society. There exists a fine line between being close enough and too close, this line I believe (NEVER WRITE I BELIEVE) both Boyarin and Loffreda have crossed. In this essay I will discuss (no no!) how the authors have become attached and matriculated into their studies as well as the complications that arise in their writings because of that. ** NEEDS MUCH STRONGER THESIS*** During their studies both authors begin to find and develop a soft spot for that which they 1
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Cheung are studying and we see them taking the side of the victim or in Boyarin’s case taking a shul as his own. Although Boyarin , (don’t need comma) “must find a dissertation topic” (Boyarin 90) for his graduate studies we later find him , “settle in…like a new immigrant coming to his landsmanshaft’s shul to hear melodies from his town” (Boyarin 94). Similarly Loffreda states, “It was hard to see past the reporters to the event that had drawn us in the first place, and it was hard to know to a certainty whether we were all there simply to mourn Matt or to make sure that mourning was represented” ( Loffreda don’t need authors name if you already introduced him/her prior to the quote 320) and in this we see how during the course of her essay she critiques the media for being so narrow but without realizing that she herself is a media type and becoming confused through emotions obviously attached to a closeness with the town and victim (Run on – restructure the senetence) . But to truly understand the gravity of this situation its imperative that we take a closer look at the exact studies of both authors and what was lost by
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