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Black/Jewish imaginaries and children’s literature: reading resistance and intersectionality in A Pickpocket’s Tale

King, Nicole. 2019. Black/Jewish imaginaries and children’s literature: reading resistance and intersectionality in A Pickpocket’s Tale. Jewish Culture and History, 20(3), pp. 248-262. ISSN 1462-169X [Article]

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In this essay I apply theories of intersectionality to A Pickpocket’s Tale (2006), a young adult novel which imagines eighteenth-century Britishness, indenture, slavery, and Jewishness. I argue that this is a text which represents feminist resistance and its limits as located within the shared social and physical spaces of Jewishness and blackness. My discussion of the novel’s discourse of resistance focuses on scenes, characters and settings where Jewishness and blackness are defined and intersect. By focusing on its black/Jewish coalitional politics I conclude that A Pickpocket’s Tale presents a politicised intersectional narrative of racial, gender and religious identity that is both subversive and conservative.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2019.1639331

Keywords:

children’s literature, Jewishness, blackness, slavery, indenture, feminism, intersectionality

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
27 March 2019Accepted
11 July 2019Published Online
2019Published

Item ID:

26116

Date Deposited:

28 Mar 2019 09:12

Last Modified:

28 Aug 2019 09:20

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/26116

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