Judaism Since Gender offers a radically new concept of Jewish Studies, staking out new intellectual terrain and redefining the discipline as an intrinsically feminist practice.
The question of how knowledge is gendered has been discussed by philosophers and feminists for years, yet is still new to many scholars of Judaism. Judaism Since Gender illuminates a crucial debate among intellectuals both within and outside the academy, and ultimately overturns the belief that scholars of Judaism are still largely oblivious of recent developments in the study of gender. Offering a range of provocations--Jewish men as sissies, Jesus as transvestite, the problem of eroticizing Holocaust narratives--this timely collection pits the joys of transgression against desires for cultural wholeness.
Miriam Peskowitz is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Florida. Laura Levitt is Assistant Professor of Religion and Women's Studies at Temple University.
"...a valuable glimpse into the concerns of younger Jewish studies scholars, especially those interested in cultural studies. Many of the essays were intriguing..." -- Journal of American Ethnic History
"...scholars assess how gender studies has affected their work and their lives." -- Forward Books, January 31, 1997
"... explode[s] the myth that scholars of Judaism continue to be oblivious to recent developments in gender studies." -- Hurricane Alice