Doubting the Devout: The Ultra-Orthodox in the Jewish by Nora L Rubel

By Nora L Rubel

Before 1985, depictions of ultra-Orthodox Jews in renowned American tradition have been infrequent, and in the event that they did seem, in movies similar to Fiddler at the Roof or in the novels of Chaim Potok, they evoked a nostalgic imaginative and prescient of previous global culture. but the ordination of ladies into positions of spiritual management and different arguable concerns have sparked an more and more seen and voluble tradition battle among America's ultra-Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews, person who has stumbled on a very inventive voice in literature, media, and film.

Unpacking the paintings of Allegra Goodman, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Erich Segal, Anne Roiphe, and others, in addition to tv indicates and movies resembling A rate Above Rubies, Nora L. Rubel investigates the alternatives non-haredi Jews have made as they characterize the nature and characters of ultra-Orthodox Jews. In those creative and aesthetic acts, Rubel recasts the battle over gender and kinfolk and the anxieties over acculturation, Americanization, and continuity. greater than only a examine of Jewishness and Jewish self-consciousness, Doubting the Devout will converse to any reader who has struggled to stability faith, kinfolk, and culture.

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Love + Marriage = Death: And Other Essays on Representing by Sander L. Gilman

By Sander L. Gilman

The essays during this assortment, written via a pioneering interdisciplinary pupil, take care of the jobs of pictures within the building of stereotypes and the kinds of distinction as represented in texts—in excessive literature, in clinical literature, in art—from the final fin-de-si?cle to our personal. Intensely engaged within the cultural politics of lifestyle and aware of how texts replicate and form our social practices, they deal essentially with representations and self-representations of “Jews” long ago 100 years and concentrate on the query of the buildings of the Jew’s physique in artwork and literature. The name essay, “Love + Marriage = dying: STDs and AIDS within the smooth World,” in spite of the fact that, reports a dead ringer for sexually transmitted disorder from Shakespeare to Martin Amis. It units the tone for an realizing of this assortment as a ebook approximately Jews and their illustration, yet no longer as a unique, remoted case.The first essay, the principally autobiographical “Ethnicities: Why I Write What I Write,” serves as an creation to the gathering. the opposite essays are: “Max Nordau, Sigmund Freud, and the query of Conversion”; “Salome, Syphilis, Sarah Bernhardt, and the ‘Modern Jewess’”; “Zwetschkenbaum’s Competence: insanity and the Discourse of the Jews”; “Otto Weininger and Sigmund Freud: Race and Gender within the Shaping of Psychoanalysis”; “Sibling Incest, insanity, and the Jew”; “R. B. Kitaj’s ‘Good undesirable’ Diasporism and the physique in American Jewish Postmodern Art”; and “Who Is Jewish?: the latest Jewish Writing in German and Daniel Goldhagen.”

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The Kierkegaardian Author: Authorship and Performance in by Joseph Westfall

By Joseph Westfall

This learn engages in a close exam of Kierkegaard's works of literary and dramatic feedback, together with these works directed at analyzing Kierkegaard's personal authorship, with a particular difficulty for either what Kierkegaard and Kierkegaard's anonyms and pseudonyms write in regards to the nature and perform of authorship, in addition to how the Kierkegaardian authors perform authorship themselves. relocating via 5 chapters, each one dedicated to a number of works of Kierkegaard's feedback, the examine develops a brand new method of interpreting Kierkegaard-- a brand new Kierkegaardian hermeneutic-- that starts off continuously with the nature of the writer. This new strategy avoids the demanding situations of critics of biographical feedback, corresponding to Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida, via positing the writer continuously as a piece of fiction him- or herself, the construction of an unknown and ever nameless "author of the author".

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What History Tells: George L. Mosse and the Culture of by Walter Laqueur, Stanley G. Payne, David J. Sorkin, John S.

By Walter Laqueur, Stanley G. Payne, David J. Sorkin, John S. Tortorice

    What heritage Tells offers a powerful number of serious papers from the September 2001 convention "An Historian’s Legacy: George L. Mosse and up to date examine on Fascism, Society, and Culture." This ebook examines his historiographical legacy first in the context of his personal existence and the inner improvement of his paintings, and secondly via tracing the numerous ways that Mosse encouraged the following learn of up to date background, ecu cultural historical past and glossy Jewish history. 
    The participants comprise Walter Laqueur, David Sabean, Johann Sommerville, Emilio Gentile, Roger Griffin, Saul Friedländer, Jay iciness, Rudy Koshar, Robert Nye, Janna Bourke, Shulamit Volkov, and Steven E. Aschheim.

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Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe by Elisheva Baumgarten

By Elisheva Baumgarten

This ebook offers an artificial background of the family--the most elementary development block of medieval Jewish communities--in Germany and northerly France in the course of the excessive heart a long time. focusing on the detailed roles of moms and kids, it additionally advances fresh efforts to jot down a comparative Jewish-Christian social history.

Elisheva Baumgarten attracts on a wealthy trove of basic resources to offer a whole portrait of medieval Jewish relations lifestyles through the interval of formative years from beginning to the start of formal schooling at age seven. Illustrating the significance of knowing Jewish perform within the context of Christian society and spotting the shared foundations in either societies, Baumgarten's exam of Jewish and Christian practices and attitudes is explicitly comparative. Her research can be wideranging, protecting approximately each point of domestic existence and childrearing, together with being pregnant, midwifery, delivery and initiation rituals, nursing, sterility, infanticide, remarriage, attitudes towards parents, gender hierarchies, divorce, widowhood, early schooling, and where of kids in the house, synagogue, and community.

A richly certain and deeply researched contribution to our realizing of the connection among Jews and their non-Jewish buddies, Mothers and Children presents a key research of the heritage of Jewish households in medieval Ashkenaz.

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Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story by Deborah Bodin Cohen

By Deborah Bodin Cohen

For generations Nachshon s kinfolk has been enslaved by means of the Egyptian Pharaoh. Nachshon is afraid it will likely be his future too. Then Moses confronts the fearsome Pharaoh, and Nachshon s dream of freedom starts to come back actual. yet quickly he has to beat his personal designated worry. the tale of the courageous boy who used to be the 1st to leap into the ocean will motivate old and young alike.

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