Rhetorical Regeneration and the Politics of Identity
Chapter 1. The Clout of the Defier: The Vital Jew in Shadow
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THE CLOUT OF THE DEFIER
The Vital Jew in Shadow
This consciousness of a hidden uniqueness, of an invisible and ineffaceable difference will condition each move that he makes. Later, perhaps, he will choose to ‘pass,’ and invest all the skill at his disposal in blatantly dissimulating his identity to flee the Semitic malaise. Perhaps he will transform this cutting term—Jew—into an intransigent, determined, harsh word, one of self-affirmation and defiance. (Finkielkraut 5, emphasis in original)
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