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The Resource Passing fancies in Jewish American literature and culture, Judith Ruderman

Passing fancies in Jewish American literature and culture, Judith Ruderman

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Passing fancies in Jewish American literature and culture
Title
Passing fancies in Jewish American literature and culture
Statement of responsibility
Judith Ruderman
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Passing Fancies in Jewish American Literature and Culture Judith Ruderman takes on the fraught question of who passes for Jewish in American literature and culture. In today's contemporary political climate, religious and racial identities are being reconceived as responses to culture and environment, rather than essential qualities. Many Jews continue to hold conflicting ideas about their identity--seeking, on the one hand, deep engagement with Jewish history and the experiences of the Jewish people, while holding steadfastly, on the other hand, to the understanding that identity is fluid and multivalent. Looking at a carefully chosen set of texts from American literature, Ruderman elaborates on the strategies Jews have used to "pass" from the late 19th century to the present--nose jobs, renaming, clothing changes, religious and racial reclassification, and even playing baseball. While traversing racial and religious identities has always been a feature of America's nation of immigrants, Ruderman shows how the complexities of identity formation and deformation are critically relevant during this important cultural moment."--From publisher wedsite
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Cataloging source
CDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruderman, Judith
Dewey number
810.98924
Index
index present
LC call number
PS153.J4
LC item number
.R834 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jewish literature and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jews
  • American literature
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • American literature
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • United States
Label
Passing fancies in Jewish American literature and culture, Judith Ruderman
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-236) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Jews and their complex identities: "O brave new world, that has such people in't!" -- The "Jewish nose" and the nose job in Nathan Englander's The Ministry of Special Cases: "The most unkindest cut of all" -- Jewish American women and the nose job: "God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another" -- Renaming as a strategy for passing in Thyra Samter Winslow's "A cycle of Manhattan": "A ros[s] by any other name" -- Renaming and reclaiming: "To thine own self be true" -- Jews and gentiles becoming the other: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" -- Racial crossings between Jews and blacks: "That you might see your shadow" -- The use of clothing in Jewish passing narratives: "The fashion wears out more apparel than the man" -- In search of an "authentic" Jewish American identity: "Who is it who can tell me who I am?"
Control code
1088562815
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 247 pages
Isbn
9780253036964
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088562815
Label
Passing fancies in Jewish American literature and culture, Judith Ruderman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Jews and their complex identities: "O brave new world, that has such people in't!" -- The "Jewish nose" and the nose job in Nathan Englander's The Ministry of Special Cases: "The most unkindest cut of all" -- Jewish American women and the nose job: "God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another" -- Renaming as a strategy for passing in Thyra Samter Winslow's "A cycle of Manhattan": "A ros[s] by any other name" -- Renaming and reclaiming: "To thine own self be true" -- Jews and gentiles becoming the other: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" -- Racial crossings between Jews and blacks: "That you might see your shadow" -- The use of clothing in Jewish passing narratives: "The fashion wears out more apparel than the man" -- In search of an "authentic" Jewish American identity: "Who is it who can tell me who I am?"
Control code
1088562815
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 247 pages
Isbn
9780253036964
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088562815

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