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
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.