Jewish Masculinities

Jewish Masculinities : German Jews, Gender, and History

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Stereotyped as delicate and feeble intellectuals, Jewish men in German-speaking lands in fact developed a rich and complex spectrum of male norms, models, and behaviors. Jewish Masculinities explores conceptions and experiences of masculinity among Jews in Germany from the 16th through the late 20th century as well as emigrants to North America, Palestine, and Israel. The volume examines the different worlds of students, businessmen, mohels, ritual slaughterers, rabbis, performers, and others, shedding new light on the challenge for Jewish men of balancing German citizenship and cultural affiliation with Jewish communal solidarity, religious practice, and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6 b&w illus.
  • 0253002060
  • 9780253002068

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[A]n excellent introduction to the Zionist remasculinization of the Jewish male.Feb. 2015 * H-Judaic * Historians of central Europe will be enriched by the interrogations of 'theory' along with excavations of little-known yet critical avenues of Jewish history in this excellent volume. * Central European History * [This book] assembles innovative, vivid, and inspiring inquiries into the intersection of Jewish history, German history, and gender history. By focusing on the male side of Jewish gender history . . . [this] book establishes a new field, profiting from a broad range of never (or rarely) before used primary sources, such as memoirs, letters, interviews, and obscure tabloids.May 2014 * German Studies Review * [I]nsightful, innovative and largely entertaining . . . . [T]his volume makes a very valuable and original contribution to German-Jewish history. * German History *show more

About Benjamin Maria Baader

Benjamin Maria Baader is Associate Professor of European History and co-coordinator of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. He is author of Gender, Judaism, and Bourgeois Culture in Germany, 1800-1870 (IUP, 2006).Sharon Gillerman is Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. She is author of Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic.Paul Lerner is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at the University of Southern California. He is author of Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry, and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: German Jews, Gender, and History \ Paul Lerner, Benjamin Maria Baader, and Sharon Gillerman1. Respectability Tested: Male Ideals, Sexuality, and Honor in Early Modern Ashkenazi Jewry \ Andreas Gotzmann2. Jewish Difference and the Feminine Spirit of Judaism in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Germany \ Benjamin Maria Baader3. Moral, Clean Men of the Jewish Faith: Jewish Rituals and Their Male Practitioners, 1843-1914 \ Robin Judd4. A Soft Hero: Male Jewish Identity in Imperial Germany through the Autobiography of Aron Liebeck \ Stefanie Schuler-Springorum5. Performing Masculinity: Jewish Students and the Honor Code at German Universities \ Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker6. Whose Body Is It Anyway? Hermaphrodites, Gays, and Jews in N. O. Body's Germany \ Sander L. Gilman7. Toward a Theory of the Modern Hebrew Handshake: The Conduct of Muscle Judaism \ Etan Bloom8. Friedrich Gundolf and Jewish Conservative Bohemianism in the Weimar Republic \ Ann Goldberg9. A Kinder Gentler Strongman? Siegmund Breitbart in Eastern Europe \ Sharon Gillerman10. Family Matters: German Jewish Masculinities among Nazi Era Refugees \ Judith GersonList of ContributorsIndexshow more