Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision And Text In American Jewish Thought by Ken Koltun-frommImagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision And Text In American Jewish Thought by Ken Koltun-fromm

Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision And Text In American Jewish Thought

byKen Koltun-fromm

Paperback | January 28, 2015

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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.

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).
Title:Imagining Jewish Authenticity: Vision And Text In American Jewish ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:266 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 28, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:025301574X

ISBN - 13:9780253015747

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Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

[T]his volume is not about traditionalist philosophical and theological underpinnings of the rabbinic covenant of learning Jewish authenticity but instead about creative Talmud Torah that speaks of two minds: emotional and experiential.  A compelling read. Recommended.