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"From their debut in Berlin in the 1780s to their emergence in 1930s California, Jewish women's salons served as welcoming havens where all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature, and politics. This book is the first to explore the history of these salons where remarkable women of intellect resolved that neither gender nor religion would impede their ability to bring about social change." Authors Emily D. Bilski and Emily Braun examine the lives of more than a dozen Jewish salonieres, charting the evolution of the salon over time and among cultures in cities including Berlin, Vienna, Paris, London, New York, and Milan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300108460
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280

Meet the Author


Emily D. Bilski is an independent scholar and curator specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and cultural history. Emily Braun is professor of art history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
The power of conversation : Jewish women and their salons 1
A dream of living together : Jewish women in Berlin around 1800 149
Music, femininity, and Jewish identity : the tradition and legacy of the salon 159
The salon and literary modernism : Proust, Wilde, Stein 171
Biographies 195
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