Lighting out for the global territory : postwar revisions of cultural anthropology and Jewish American identity in Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King

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    Abstract

    Saul Bellow enthusiastically explored the creative possibilities of globalization after World War II, imagining a space of creative freedom outside the boundaries of the nation-state. In so doing he helped to transform American Jewishness from a leftist culture rooted in working-class politics and racial alliances into a more syncretic, market-oriented form of identity. His major work of travel fiction, Henderson the Rain King, criticizes European colonial discourse and valorizes the hybrid cosmopolitan Dahfu, psychotherapist and African king, who acts as Henderson’s intellectual mentor. Although antiracist in intent, Bellow’s vision of travel-fueled 3 professional autonomy opposes collective movements for social change and nationalist resistance to imperialism, which helps to explain his neoconservative turn in the 1970s.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)287-316
    Number of pages30
    JournalELH
    Volume80
    Issue number1
    Early online date15 Mar 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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