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Toward a Critical Semitism: On Not Answering the Jewish Question in Literary Studies

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on the nationalist identitarianism underwriting the current academic isolation of the historicist mainstream of Jewish American literary practice. It first considers the Jewish ... More


Introduction: The School of Criticism I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead In: A Polemic on Theorizing the Field

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book explores how Jewish American literary study has alienated itself—in the form of insiderism, trivialization, and ghettoization—compared to American studies and ethnic American literary ... More


Buber versus Scholem and the Figure of the Hasidic Jew: A Literary Debate between Two Political Theologies

Hannan Hever

in Jews and the Ends of Theory

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823282005
eISBN:
9780823284795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282005.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter looks at one of the most famous and significant debates in Jewish studies: between Gershom Scholem and Martin Buber over the character of Hasidism. On the face of it, the debate was a ... More


Jewish Demography: Fundamentals of the Research Field

Sergio DellaPergola

in The Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Sources, Approaches, Debates

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199363490
eISBN:
9780190254650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter provides an overview of the discipline of world Jewish demography. It discusses the quality of demographic data, the boundaries of the Jewish collective and the scholars involved in ... More


Introduction

in Contemplative Nation: A Philosophical Account of Jewish Theological Language

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804776646
eISBN:
9780804781008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804776646.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book examines the role of theology in Judaism and Jewish studies by proposing a new model for understanding Jewish theological language. Known as Jewish Theological Practice (JTP), this model ... More


Studies in Contemporary Jewry an Annual XV 1999

Ezra Mendelsohn (ed.)

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195134681
eISBN:
9780199848652
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134681.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

The Jews have been an urban people par excellence, and their influence on the urban landscape is unmistakable. Who can imagine modern Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, or New York, to name just a few examples, ... More


Wessex tales/Yiddisher spiels

Tony Kushner

in Anglo-Jewry Since 1066: Place, Locality and Memory

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719076541
eISBN:
9781781702512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719076541.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of Hampshire studies. It considers the tradition of defining the essence and integrity of Hampshire, which is seen most clearly through various ... More


The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Benjamin Schreier

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

In a sweeping critique of the field, this book resituates Jewish Studies in order to make room for a critical study of identity and identification. Displacing the assumption that Jewish Studies is ... More


Introduction

Hannah Schwadron

in The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190624194
eISBN:
9780190624231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190624194.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This introductory chapter frames the book’s emphasis on the twenty-first-century Sexy Jewess, whose image proliferates in neoburlesque, comedy, mainstream film, and progressive pornography. A review ... More


Why Jews Aren’t Normal: The Unrepresentable Future of Philip Roth’s The Counterlife

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter articulates a more critical concept of identity that can contribute to a more theoretically justified—and a more literary critically interesting—Jewish literary study. Through a close ... More


Conclusion: Minority Report

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book has explored the status quo between Jewish American literary study, Jewish studies, “ethnic” or multicultural studies, and English and American literature, along with the current state of ... More


Jewish Studies as Counterlife: A Report to the Academy

Adam Zachary Newton

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823283958
eISBN:
9780823286096
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823283958.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This book tells the story of a Jewish Studies that hasn’t yet happened—at least not fully. At bottom, the modest version of a swerve it performs is to ask: what do we mean when we say, “Jewish ... More


Introduction

Sergey Dolgopolski

in What Is Talmud?: The Art of Disagreement

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229345
eISBN:
9780823236725
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229345.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to discuss the meaning of Talmud. Talmud (without the the) is an intellectual project, and it returns that project to “ the” ... More


Jews in Israel: Effects of Categorization Practice on Research Findings and Research Frameworks

Aziza Khazzoom

in The Social Scientific Study of Jewry: Sources, Approaches, Debates

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199363490
eISBN:
9780190254650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.003.0016
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter examines the influence of categorization practice on the study of Jews in Israel. It describes the shift from old frameworks of modernization in favor of the pan-ethnic and Orientalist ... More


Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955

Seán Hand and Steven T. Katz (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479835041
eISBN:
9781479814954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479835041.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Despite an outpouring of scholarship on the Holocaust, little work has focused on what happened to Europe’s Jewish communities after the war ended. And unlike many other European nations in which the ... More


9/11’s Stealthy Jews: Jonathan Safran Foer and the Irrepresentation of Identity

Benjamin Schreier

in The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479868681
eISBN:
9781479888436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479868681.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter articulates a kind of literary criticism that questions how and why our scholarly discourses thematize a categorical identity, along with the political itineraries that engage and are ... More


Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination

Elliot R. Wolfson

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823224180
eISBN:
9780823235377
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823224180.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This study — a blend of philosophy, poetry, and philology — draws on theories of sexuality, phenomenology, comparative religion, philological writings on Kabbalah, Russian formalism, ... More


Sephardism: Spanish Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination

Yael Halevi-Wise (ed.)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804777469
eISBN:
9780804781718
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804777469.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This book defines Sephardism not as an expression of Sephardic identity but as a politicized literary metaphor. Since the nineteenth century, this metaphor has occurred with extraordinary frequency ... More


Modern Israeli Paradigms of Identity

Lucille Cairns

in Francophone Jewish Writers: Imagining Israel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781781382622
eISBN:
9781786945273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781382622.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

‘Modern Israeli Paradigms of Identity’ considers how texts inscribe key elements within paradigms of Israeli identity from 1948 onwards and in doing so provides a general discussion of Zionism, the ... More


Epilogue: Less Absurdistan, More Boyle Heights

Dean J. Franco

in Race, Rights, and Recognition: Jewish American Literature since 1969

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450877
eISBN:
9780801464010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450877.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This concluding chapter looks back to the origin of the melting-pot myths and the cultural pluralist penumbra with a look at Jewish American “frontier” writing, Rachel Calof's memoir Rachel Calof's ... More


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