Imagining Jewish Authenticity

Imagining Jewish Authenticity : Vision and Text in American Jewish Thought

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Exploring how visual media presents claims to Jewish authenticity, Imagining Jewish Authenticity argues that Jews imagine themselves and their place within America by appealing to a graphic sensibility. Ken Koltun-Fromm traces how American Jewish thinkers capture Jewish authenticity, and lingering fears of inauthenticity, in and through visual discourse and opens up the subtle connections between visual expectations, cultural knowledge, racial belonging, embodied identity, and the ways images and texts work together.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 44 b&w illus.
  • 025301574X
  • 9780253015747

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[T]his volume is not about traditionalist philosophical and theological underpinnings of the rabbinic covenant of learning Jewish authenticity but instead about creative Talmud Torah that speaks of two minds: emotional and experiential. A compelling read. Recommended. * Choice * Koltun-Fromm has written an important book, one that serves as a reminder not only of the value of boundaries and distinctions-particularly for minority groups-but also of the need for 'new

relations of justice'. * Modern Judaism *
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About Ken Koltun-Fromm

Ken Koltun-Fromm is Professor of Religion at Haverford College. He is author of several books including Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America (IUP, 2010).
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Visual Authenticity in the American Jewish ImaginarySection I. The Anxiety of Authenticity in Image and Text1. Seeing Israel in Bernard Rosenblatt's Social Zionism2. Seeing Things in Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath3. Seeing Food in The Jewish Home Beautiful and Kosher by DesignSection II. The Embodied Language of Visual Authenticity4. The Language of Jewish Bodies in Michael Wyschogrod's The Body of Faith5. The Language of Gendered Bodies in Adler's Engendering Judaism6. The Language of Racial Bodies in Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz's The Colors of JewsConclusion: Imagining Jewish Authenticity in Every GenerationNotesBibliographyIndex
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