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Masculinity And The Making Of American Judaism

Author : Sarah Imhoff
ISBN : 9780253026361
Genre : Religion
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How did American Jewish men experience manhood, and how did they present their masculinity to others? In this distinctive book, Sarah Imhoff shows that the project of shaping American Jewish manhood was not just one of assimilation or exclusion. Jewish manhood was neither a mirror of normative American manhood nor its negative, effeminate opposite. Imhoff demonstrates how early 20th-century Jews constructed a gentler, less aggressive manhood, drawn partly from the American pioneer spirit and immigration experience, but also from Hollywood and the YMCA, which required intense cultivation of a muscled male physique. She contends that these models helped Jews articulate the value of an acculturated American Judaism. Tapping into a rich historical literature to reveal how Jews looked at masculinity differently than Protestants or other religious groups, Imhoff illuminates the particular experience of American Jewish men.
Category: Religion

Conscription And The Search For Modern Russian Jewry

Author : Olga Litvak
ISBN : 9780253000774
Genre : History
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"Olga Litvak has written a book of astonishing originality and intellectual force.... In vivid prose, she takes the reader on a journey through the Russian-Jewish literary imagination." -- Benjamin Nathans Russian Jews were first conscripted into the Imperial Russian army during the reign of Nicholas I in an effort to integrate them into the population of the Russian Empire. Conscripted minors were to serve, in practical terms, for life. Although this system was abandoned by his successor, the conscription experience remained traumatic in the popular memory and gave rise to a large and continuing literature that often depicted Jewish soldiers as heroes. This imaginative and intellectually ambitious book traces the conscription theme in novels and stories by some of the best-known Russian Jewish writers such as Osip Rabinovich, Judah-Leib Gordon, and Mendele Mokher Seforim, as well as by relatively unknown writers. Published with the generous support of the Koret Foundation.
Category: History

Vienna And The Fall Of The Habsburg Empire

Author : Maureen Healy
ISBN : 0521831245
Genre : History
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Maureen Healy examines the collapse of the Habsburg Empire from the perspective of everyday life in the capital city. She argues that a striking feature of 'total war' on the home front was the spread of a war mentality to the mundane sites of everyday life - streets, shops, schools, entertainment venues and apartment buildings. While Habsburg armies waged military campaigns on distant fronts, Viennese civilians (women, children, and men 'left at home') waged a protracted, socially devastating war against one another. Vienna's multi-ethnic population lived together in conditions of severe material shortage and faced near-starvation by 1917. The city fell into civilian mutiny before the state collapsed in 1918. Based on meticulous archival research, including citizens' letters to state authorities, the study offers a penetrating look at Habsburg citizenship by showing how ordinary women, men and children conceived of 'Austria' in the Empire's final years.
Category: History

Philip Roth Countertexts Counterlives

Author : Debra B. Shostak
ISBN : 1570035423
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"I think of my life as one long speech that I've been listening to ... how to think, how not to think; how to behave, how not to behave; ... the book of my life is a book of voices," reflects Nathan Zuckerman, Philip Roth's alter ego, in I Married a Communist. Looking at Roth's writing life as a "book of voices," the author listens in on the conversations that this prominent American novelist has conducted with himself and his times over forty years and twenty-four books. She finds that while Roth frequently shifts perspectives, he repeatedly returns to interrelated questions of cultural history, literary history, and, especially, selfhood. Arguing that Roth's method of composition, like his conception of self, is fundamentally dialogical, she follows the writer from his depictions of embodied, ethnically determined selves to his exploration of indeterminate selves revealed in the public spaces of confession and historical trauma. In addition to offering informed readings of Roth's work, she provides new insights from the virtually untapped archives of the Philip Roth Collection at the Library of Congress.
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Die Nacht

Author : Elie Wiesel
ISBN : 3451060140
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Thinking Like A Lawyer

Author : Paul McKechnie
ISBN : 9789047401384
Genre : History
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In this collection of essays, contributors act on John Crook's injunction to 'think like lawyers' about Roman law and Rome—and also ancient Greece, Persia, and the modern world. A literary strand runs through the book alongside its legal and historical strands.
Category: History

Abstracts Of The Annual Meeting

Author : American Anthropological Association
ISBN : UCSC:32106019431300
Genre : Anthropology
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Category: Anthropology