Key Texts in American Jewish Culture PDF ePub eBook

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Key Texts in American Jewish Culture free pdf Which texts are so pivotal that they provide keys to understanding American Jewish culture? The contributors to this volume come from a variety of disciplines, including American studies, anthropology, comparative literature, history, music, religious studies and women's studies. Each writer provides an analysis of a specific text in art, music, television, literature, homily, liturgy and history. Some of the works discussed, such as Philip Roth's novel "Counterlife", the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" and Irving Howe's "World of Our Fathers", are already widely acknowledged components of the American Jewish studies canon. Others - such as "Bridget Loves Bernie", infamous for the hostile reception it received among American Jews - may be considered "key texts" because of the controversy they provoked. Others still, such as Joshua Liebman's "Piece of Mind" and the radio and TV sitcom "The Goldbergs", demonstrate the extent to which American Jewish culture and mainstream American culture intermingle and borrow from each other. This work expands the frame of reference used by students of culture and history both by widening the "canon" of Jewish texts and by providing a way to extrapolate new meanings from well-known sources.

About Jack Kugelmass

Jack Kugelmass is the Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Holocaust and Modern Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author or editor of numerous books on Jewish history and culture including the forthcoming Rites of the Tribe: The Public Culture of American Jewry.

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Author : Jack Kugelmass
Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Data Published : 31 May 2003
ISBN : 0813532213
EAN : 9780813532219
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 320 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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