Jewish Journeys: From Philo to Hip Hop

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The journey is central to the Jewish experience and the construction of Jewish identities across time and place. Remarkably, however, it has received almost no scholarly attention. This multi-disciplinary collection - embracing approaches from Jewish studies, migration studies, cultural and historical studies, literary criticism, religious studies, ethnic and racial studies, geography, and anthropology - opens up this important area. The book deals with both physical and spiritual Jewish journeys, as well as ...
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Overview

The journey is central to the Jewish experience and the construction of Jewish identities across time and place. Remarkably, however, it has received almost no scholarly attention. This multi-disciplinary collection - embracing approaches from Jewish studies, migration studies, cultural and historical studies, literary criticism, religious studies, ethnic and racial studies, geography, and anthropology - opens up this important area. The book deals with both physical and spiritual Jewish journeys, as well as cultural and intellectual ones, exploring the relationship between these different categories and demonstrating that it is indeed difficult to separate the process of movement involving mind and body. The scholarly essays are divided into four sections: The Nature of Jewish Journeys; Body, Identity, and Gender; Intellectual and Cultural Transmission; and Journeys and Families. The essays combine theoretical sophistication with detailed case studies and are all accessible to a wide readership reflecting the intrinsic interest of the subject matter. Source material varies from television, popular music, shipping records, and testimony through to ancient religious texts. Jewish Journeys offers a path-breaking contribution to wider scholarship of migration and settlement.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780853039624
  • Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2010
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

PART I THE NATURE OF JEWISH JOURNEYS

Introduction Sarah Pearce Pearce, Sarah 3

'A Strike for Racial Justice'? Transatlantic Shipping and the Jewish Diaspora, 1882-1939 Nicholas J. Evans Evans, Nicholas J. 25

PART II BODY, IDENTITY AND GENDER

And Here's Your Host...Jews and Others in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament Greg Walker Walker, Greg 47

Fantasy Places and Fantasy Bodies: A Russian Israeli Writer in Search of her Spanish Body Henrietta Mondry Mondry, Henrietta 66

When Rivke Left Home: Women's Journeys from Eastern Europe to South Africa Veronica Belling Belling, Veronica 83

'Galitsianer' and the Mobility of Stereotypes Albert Lichtblau Lichtblau, Albert 100

Layers of Identity in a Jewish Community: From Crypto Faith in Mashhad to 'Mashhadiland', USA Hilda Nissimi Nissimi, Hilda 125

German Jewish Immigration to South Africa during the 1930s: Revisiting the Charter of the SS Stuttgart Jocelyn Hellig Hellig, Jocelyn 146

PART III INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL TRANSMISSION

Egypt on the Pentateuch's Map of Migration in the Writings of Philo of Alexandria Sarah Pearce Pearce, Sarah 165

'What we have gained is infinitely more than that small loss': Rudolph Cartier and The Dybbuk James Jordan Jordan, James 182

Twenty-first Century Jewish Journeys in Music Kristy Warren Warren, Kristy 202

Hannah Frank's Glasgow Jewish Journey: From the Gorbals to the South Side Fiona Frank Frank, Fiona 216

Travelling to the Past, Creating the Future: Gershom Scholem's Journey to Germany in 1946 Noam Zadoff Zadoff, Noam 231

PART IV JOURNEYS AND FAMILIES

Sephardic Journeys: Travel, Place and Conceptions of Identity Jessica Vance Roitman Roitman, Jessica Vance 245

To Go to or Through Prussia? Litvak Migratory Decisions in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century and their consequences Ruth Leiserowitz Leiserowitz, Ruth 268

Cowards or Heroes? Jewish Journeys, Jewish Families and the Titanic Tony Kushner Kushner, Tony 281

'Not Just Another Country': The Olmert Family Sojourn through China as a Case Study of the Role of Travel in Jewish Identity Formation Jonathan Goldstein Goldstein, Jonathan 314

Who Do You Think You Are? Journeys and Jewish Identity in the Televisual Narrative of David Baddiel Gemma Romain Romain, Gemma 332

Abstracts 349

Notes on Contributors 357

Index 361

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