Key Texts in American Jewish Culture

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Jack Kugelmass
Rutgers University Press, 2003 - History - 308 pages
Key Texts in American Jewish Culture 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.

Contributors come from a variety of disciplines, including American studies, anthropology, comparative literature, history, music, religious studies, and women's studies. Each provides an analysis of a specific text in art, music, television, literature, homily, liturgy, or 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. Still others, 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 with and borrow from each other.
 

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Contents

Television
11
David Levinsky
25
The Meanings of Marjorie Morningstar
46
Performing Jewish Identity in Philip Roths Counterlife
75
Hollywoods Imaging
91
A History
105
The Unlamented
147
Some Visual Texts and Subtexts
163
Leonard Bernsteins Symphony No 3
185
A MidTwentieth
199
Religion
218
A Dynamo in de middle of the Neighborhood
244
A Critique
258
One Nation with Liberty and Haggadahs for All
275
Contributors
293
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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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