The Jew's Body
Drawing on a wealth of medical and historical materials, Sander Gilman sketches details of the anti-Semitic rhetoric about the Jewish body and mind, including medical and popular depictions of the Jewish voice, feet, and nose. Case studies illustrate how Jews have responded to such public misconceptions as the myth of the cloven foot and Jewish flat-footedness, the proposed link between the Jewish mind and hysteria, and the Victorians' irrational connection between Jews and prostitutes. Gilman is especially concerned with the role of psychoanalysis in the construction of anti-Semitism, examining Freud's attitude towards his own Jewishness and its effect on his theories, as well as the supposed "objectiveness" of psychiatrists and social scientists.
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PREFACE The Fall of the Wall
1 THE JEWISH VOICE Chicken Soup or the Penalties of Sounding Too Jewish
2 THE JEWISH FOOT A FootNote to the Jewish Body
3 THE JEWISH PSYCHE Freud Dora and the Idea of the Hysteric
4 THE JEWISH MURDERER Jack the Ripper Race and Gender
5 THE JEWISH GENIUS Freud and the Jewishness of the Creative
6 THE JEWISH READER Freud reads Heine Reads Freud
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