Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce

Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce

by Leonard J. Greenspoon

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This volume presents papers delivered at the 24th Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium, held at Creighton University in October 2011. The contributors look at all aspects of the intimate relationship between Jews and clothing, through case studies from ancient, medieval, recent, and contemporary history. Papers explore topics ranging from Jewish leadership in the textile industry, through the art of fashion in nineteenth century Vienna, to the use of clothing as a badge of ethnic identity, in both secular and religious contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612492926
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Studies in Jewish Civilization
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 223
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Leonard J. Greenspoon is Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Editor's Introduction x

Contributors xv

Unshod on Holy Ground: Ancient Israel's "Disinherited" Priesthood Christine Palmer 1

How Do You Know a Jew When You See One? Reflections on Jewish Costume in the Roman World Steven Fine 19

From Iconic O to Yellow Hat: Anti-Jewish Distinctive Signs in Renaissance Italy Flora Cassen 29

How Should a Rabbi Be Dressed? The Question of Rabbinical Attire in Italy from Renaissance to Emancipation (Sixteenth-Nineteenth Centuries) Asher Salah 49

The Clerks' Work: Jews, Clerical Work, and the Birth of the American Garment Industry Adam D. Mendelsohn 67

Ella Zirner-Zwieback, Madame d'Ora, and Vienna's New Woman Lisa Silverman 77

Photographers, Jews, and the Fashioning of Women in the Weimar Republic Nils Roemer 99

Weimar Jewish Chic: Jewish Women and Fashion in 1920s Germany Kerry Wallach 113

Unbuttoned: Clothing as a Theme in American Jewish Comedy Ted Merwin 137

"What a Strange Power There Is in Clothing": Women's Tallitot Rachel Gordon 167

Aboriginal Yarmulkes, Ambivalent Attire, and Ironies of Contemporary Jewish Identity Eric K. Silverman 177

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