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The Ethnic Avant-GardeMinority Cultures and World Revolution$
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Steven Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173520

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173520.001.0001

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Cold War Pluralism

Cold War Pluralism

The New York Intellectuals Respond to Soviet Anti-Semitism

(p.149) 4 Cold War Pluralism
The Ethnic Avant-Garde

Steven S. Lee

Columbia University Press

Chapter 4 elaborates on the ethnic avant-garde's decline by discussing how, in response to post-war Soviet anti-Semitism, the New York Intellectuals articulated a Jewish cultural authenticity that advanced U.S. liberal pluralism and opposed Soviet socialist internationalism. However, the chapter then finds traces of the inter-war ethnic avant-garde in the 1950s and 60s writings of Lionel Trilling and Irving Howe.

Keywords:   Stalinist anti-Semitism, anti-cosmopolitanism, New York Intellectuals, Jewish avant-garde, cultural authenticity, Cold War

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