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- DescriptionWhich 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 vel Counterlife , the musical Fiddler on the Roof and Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers , are already widely ackwledged components of the American Jewish studies can. 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 can of Jewish texts and by providing a way to extrapolate new meanings from well-kwn sources.
- Author BiographyJack 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.
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication31/05/2003
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note11 b&w illustrations, references, index
- Weight535 g
- Width162 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Edited byJack Kugelmass
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