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Journeys & arrivals : on being gay and Jewish

Raphael, Lev.
Journeys & arrivals : on being gay and Jewish / Lev Raphael.
Boston : Faber and Faber, 1996.
xviii, 166 pages ; 22 cm
Variant title
Journeys and arrivals
  • 1. To Be a Jew
  • 2. Okemos, Michigan
  • 3. Letter from Israel, I
  • 4. Losing My Mother: Scenes from a Memoir
  • 5. Writing Something Real
  • 6. Letter from Israel, II
  • 7. Why Are They Bashing Dancer from the Dance?
  • 8. Selling Was Never My Line
  • 9. Scars
  • 10. Domestic and Space Invaders
  • 11. Judaism's Moral Strength
  • 12. Dangerous Men
  • 13. Empty Memory? Gays in Holocaust Literature.
In Journeys & Arrivals prize-winning author Lev Raphael explores for the first time in non-fiction the gay and Jewish identities that have dominated his highly acclaimed fiction for many years. Journeys & Arrivals reveals in a collection of autobiographical and critical essays the influence these often conflicting identities of being gay and Jewish have had in his life and his writing. The child of Holocaust survivors, Raphael came to his positive Jewish identity late in life and his gay identity even later. He describes growing up in a secular family, discovering a Jewish community, early sexual exploration, the turning point that came with writing his first autobiographical story, and life with his partner and his partner's sons. Other pieces report on gay literature, gays and lesbians in Israel, and the legacy of the Holocaust for both Jews and gays. Throughout, Raphael confronts with unflinching honesty the difficulties and rewards of laying claim to both a gay and a Jewish identity.
Subject headings
Raphael, Lev. Gay men--United States--Biography. Jewish gays--United States--Biography. Children of Holocaust survivors--United States. Jewish gays--Israel. Gay men--Identity. Jews--Identity.
Kinsey subjects
Judaic attitudes on homosexuality. Biographies of homosexuals.


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Call Number
203.5 R2 j6 1996
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