Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture

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Joyce Antler
UPNE, 1998 - Social Science - 301 pages
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Fourteen provocative essays challenge traditional notions of Jewish female identity presented in mass media images, films, narrative, and stories by portraying the American Jewish woman not only as subject but as shaper of American popular culture.

Sometimes internalizing negative presentations but more often "talking back" to them, Jewish women created alternative images that became tools of rebellion, subverting and dismantling such stereotypes as the "Yiddishe Mama," the Jewish Mother, and the Jewish American Princess. Over the course of the century -- and particularly as a consequence of feminism -- Jewish female novelists, screenwriters, dramatists, entertainers, and grass-roots feminists were able to create new possibilities for the expression of Jewish women's voices.
  

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Contents

Joyce Antler
1
Sharon Pucker Rivo
30
Joan Jacobs Brumberg
53
June Sochen
68
Donald Weber
85
Susanne Klingenstein
103
RivEllen Prell
123
Bonnie Lyons
139
Sylvia Barack Fishman
153
Felicia Herman
171
Sarah Blacher Cohen
191
Gail Twersky Reimer
207
Maida E Solomon
220
Jewish Women on Television
242
Notes on Contributors
287
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About the author (1998)

JOYCE ANTLER is samuel Lane Professor and Chairperson, Department of American Studies, Brandeis University. Her most recent book is The Journey Home: Jewish Women and the American Century (1997).

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