Jewish Studies: A Theoretical Introduction

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Jewish Studies, the first volume in a groundbreaking new series, Key Words in Jewish Studies, introduces the basic approach of the series by organizing discussion around key concepts in the field that have emerged over the last two centuries: history and science, race and religion, self and community, identity and memory. The book is oriented by contemporary critical theory, especially feminist and postcolonial studies, and the multidisciplinary approaches of cultural studies.

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Overview

Jewish Studies, the first volume in a groundbreaking new series, Key Words in Jewish Studies, introduces the basic approach of the series by organizing discussion around key concepts in the field that have emerged over the last two centuries: history and science, race and religion, self and community, identity and memory. The book is oriented by contemporary critical theory, especially feminist and postcolonial studies, and the multidisciplinary approaches of cultural studies.

By looking backward and forward--and across continents and disciplines--to unearth the evolution of the scholarly study of Jews, Andrew Bush provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of Jewish studies from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. In the course of engaging scholarship on periods from the classical to the contemporary and from the disciplines of history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and literary studies, Bush questions male-dominated and Ashkenazi-centric visions of the field. He concludes with an experimental exposition of a new Jewish studies for a time where attention to differ

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Jewish Book World

"This short book is a highly theoretical exploration of how to engage in original and erudite Jewish studies. It encourages the reader to seek new avenues for source material and develop innovative analytical models to better understand the Jewish experience."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813554204
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Series: Key Words in Jewish Studies Series , #1
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Andrew Bush is a professor of Jewish studies and Hispanic studies at Vassar College. He is the author of The Routes of Modernity: Spanish American Poetry from the Early to the Mid-Nineteenth Century.
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Table of Contents


Foreword, by the Series Editors
Acknowledgements

Introduction: To What May This Be Likened?
   Studying Jews
   Terms of Debate and State of the Question
   In a New Key

1 Terms of Debate
   Opening Moves
   Jewish Science
   Others Studying, Other Jews

2 State of the Question
   Jewish Studies after Auschwitz
   The Boundaries of Ethnic Identity
   Building Memories
   Understanding Again

3 In a New Key
   Cast of Characters
   Points of Departure

Notes
Index

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