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Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture
     

Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture

by Joyce Antler (Editor)
 

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Fourteen provocative essays challenge traditional notions of Jewish female identity presented in mass media images, films, narrative, and stories by portraying the American Jewish woman not only as subject but as shaper of American popular culture.

Sometimes internalizing negative presentations but more often "talking back" to them, Jewish women created

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Fourteen provocative essays challenge traditional notions of Jewish female identity presented in mass media images, films, narrative, and stories by portraying the American Jewish woman not only as subject but as shaper of American popular culture.

Sometimes internalizing negative presentations but more often "talking back" to them, Jewish women created alternative images that became tools of rebellion, subverting and dismantling such stereotypes as the "Yiddishe Mama," the Jewish Mother, and the Jewish American Princess. Over the course of the century -- and particularly as a consequence of feminism -- Jewish female novelists, screenwriters, dramatists, entertainers, and grass-roots feminists were able to create new possibilities for the expression of Jewish women's voices.

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Harriet Malinowitz
...[T]he collection seems torn between the goals of inquiry and cheerleading....Much of it is fun, and much of it provides valuable leads to little-known primary sources.
The Women's Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874518429
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
315
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Joan Micklin Silver
"Marjorie Morningstar and Ruth Puttermesser, Grace Paley and Barbra Streisand, are here, cheek by jowl, in this rich collection of essays. A stimulating, wide-ranging, and often surprising mix."
Joan Micklin Silver, Filmmaker

Meet the Author

JOYCE ANTLER is samuel Lane Professor and Chairperson, Department of American Studies, Brandeis University. Her most recent book is The Journey Home: Jewish Women and the American Century (1997).

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