Jew - Cheung 1 Andrew Cheung Stephanie Clare Expository...

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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 by immersing themselves in their studies, but in doing so both authors find their voices somewhat limited by becoming too close 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 both Boyarin and Loffreda have crossed. In this essay I will discuss how the authors have become attached and matriculated into their studies as well as the complications that arise in their writings because of that. During their studies both authors begin to find and develop a soft spot for that which they are studying and we see them taking the side of the victim or in Boyarin’s case taking a shul as 1
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Cheung his own. Although Boyarin, “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
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course ECONOMICS 101 taught by Professor June during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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