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Jews and Feminism: The Ambivalent Search for Home
by Laura Levitt

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Editorial Reviews

Riv-Ellen Prell University of Minnesota
"Laura Levitt's Jews and Feminism crosses boundaries and breaks rules to offer a visionary possibility for a feminist, Jewish cultural studies. This genuinely experimental work juxtaposes theology, a feminist analysis of liberalism, and a Jewish cultural analysis of emancipation to construct an original reading of being a Jew and a Jewish woman in the United States. Levitt's ability to create dialogues between feminist theory, the critical study of identity, and Jewish texts in order to investigate the meaning of "home" makes this work a major contribution to women's studies, cultural studies and Jewish studies. Jews and Feminism announces that Jewish, feminist cultural studies has come of age." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Nancy K. Miller, The Graduate School and Lehman College, CUNY
"Laura Levitt's Jews and Feminism is an eminently modern reading of the gender asymmetries that haunt the heart of Judaism. Original and imaginative, personal and theoretical, Levitt challenges her readers to reconsider what it means to be a feminist and a Jew at the end of the twentieth century. This book may not answer all the questions posed by its provocative title, but it asks them." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Choice
"... an original and powerful contribution to Jewish feminist literature."


David Blumenthal, Emory University
"... very subtle ... [Levitt] remind[s] us of the complex texture of the many ideas which make up our personal and cultural identity ... Coming from the cutting edge of feminist and cultural studies, Jews and Feminism forces us to recognize the very specific and local content of all that we do." --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Synopsis
By interrogating America's promise of a home for Jews as a citizen of a liberal state, this text questions the very terms of this social "contract". Maintaining that Jews, women and Jewish women are not necessarily secure within this construction of the state, the author links this contractural construction of belonging and acceptance to legacies of marriage as a contractural home for Jewish women. Exploring the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe into America, the book raises questions about the search for stability in specific Jewish religious and cultural traditions, which is linked to the liberal academy as well as feminist study, thus offering an account of an ambivalent Jewish feminist embrace of America as home.


Ingram
By interrogating America's promise of a home for Jews as citizens of the liberal state, Jews and Feminism questions the very terms of this social "contract." Maintaining that Jews, women, and Jewish women are not necessarily secure within this realm of the state, Laura Levitt links this contractual construction of belonging and acceptance to legacies of marriage as a contractual home for Jewish women.


About the Author
Laura Levitt is Assistant Professor of Religion at Temple University where she also teaches in the Women's Studies Department. She is co-editor of Judaism Since Gender, also available from Routledge.

 

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