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The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Jewish Cultures

ISBN 9781138091894
Published June 15, 2017 by Routledge
414 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures explores the diversity of Jewish cultures and ways of investigating them, presenting the different methodologies, arguments and challenges within the discipline. Divided into themed sections, this book considers in turn:

  • How the individual terms "Jewish" and "culture" are defined, looking at perspectives from Anthropology, Music, Literary Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies, History, Art History, and Film, Television, and New Media Studies.
  • How Jewish cultures are theorized, looking at key themes regarding power, textuality, religion/secularity, memory, bodies, space and place, and networks.
  • Case studies in contemporary Jewish cultures.

With essays by leading scholars in Jewish culture, this book offers a clear overview of the field and offers exciting new directions for the future.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Defining Terms: Disciplinary Perspectives  1. Anthropology, Misha Klein  2. Music, Judah M. Cohen  3. Literary Studies, Marc Caplan  4. Sociology, Ben Gidley  5. Religious Studies, Andrea Lieber  6. History, Klaus Hödl  7. Art History, Samantha Baskind and Larry Silver  8. Film, Television, and New Media Studies, Nathan Abrams  Part 2: Theorizing Contemporary Jewish Cultures  9. Power, Michael Rothberg  10. Textuality, Devorah Baum  11. Religious/Secular, Naomi Seidman  12. Memory, Nils Roemer  13. Bodies, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett  14. Spaces, Barbara E. Mann  15. Networks, Laurence Roth  Part 3: Case Studies in Contemporary Jewish Cultures  16. "Jewface" and "Jewfaçade" in Poland, Spain, and Birobidzhan, S.I. Salamensky  17. Television Blackface: Jews, Race and Comedy in the UK and Australia, Jon Stratton  18. Mizrahi/Arab/Israeli/Queer: The Cultural Politics of Dana International, Ted Swedenburg  19. Jewish News Making: Imagining Audiences in the Turkish Public Sphere, Marcy Brink-Danan  20. The Idea of Yiddish: Re-globalizing North American Jewish Culture, Amelia Glaser  21. Yiddish and Multilingual Urban Space in Montreal, Sherry Simon  22. Pop, Piety, and Modernity: The Changing Spaces of Orthodox Culture, Abigail Wood  23. Seeing and Being in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Dress, Jonathan S. Marion  24. Life Drawing: Autobiography, Comics, Jewish Women, Sarah Lightman  25. Playing with History: Jewish Subjectivity in Contemporary Lens Based Art, Rachel Garfield  26. Scoreboard: Sports and American Jewish Identities, David J. Leonard  27. Theorizing "Jewish Genetics": DNA, Culture, and Historical Narrative, Yulia Egorova  28. Jewish Spirituality and Late Capitalism, Ayala Fader

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Laurence Roth is Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Susquehanna University, USA.

Nadia Valman is Senior Lecturer in English at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.