Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision And Text In American Jewish Thought

Paperback | January 28, 2015

byKen Koltun-fromm

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Exploring how visual media presents claims to Jewish authenticity, Imagining Jewish Authenticity argues that Jews imagine themselves and their place within America by appealing to a graphic sensibility. Ken Koltun-Fromm traces how American Jewish thinkers capture Jewish authenticity, and lingering fears of inauthenticity, in and through visual discourse and opens up the subtle connections between visual expectations, cultural knowledge, racial belonging, embodied identity, and the ways images and texts work together.

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Exploring how visual media presents claims to Jewish authenticity, Imagining Jewish Authenticity argues that Jews imagine themselves and their place within America by appealing to a graphic sensibility. Ken Koltun-Fromm traces how American Jewish thinkers capture Jewish authenticity, and lingering fears of inauthenticity, in and throug...

Ken Koltun-Fromm is Professor of Religion at Haverford College. He is author of several books including Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America (IUP, 2010).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 28, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:025301574X

ISBN - 13:9780253015747

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Visual Authenticity in the American Jewish Imaginary

Section I. The Anxiety of Authenticity in Image and Text
1. Seeing Israel in Bernard Rosenblatt's Social Zionism
2. Seeing Things in Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath
3. Seeing Food in The Jewish Home Beautiful and Kosher by Design

Section II. The Embodied Language of Visual Authenticity
4. The Language of Jewish Bodies in Michael Wyschogrod's The Body of Faith
5. The Language of Gendered Bodies in Adler's Engendering Judaism
6. The Language of Racial Bodies in Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz's The Colors of Jews

Conclusion: Imagining Jewish Authenticity in Every Generation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"By turning his attention to how American Jewish thinkers appealed to visual metaphors to affirm Jewish authenticity, Ken Koltun-Fromm sheds new light on an important topic. This is, as far as I know, the first attempt to take the matter of visual discourse in the context of American Judaism seriously." -Elliot Wolfson, New York University