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Reading Jewish Women Marginality and Modernization in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe Jewish Society (Brandeis Series on Jewish Women)

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A fascinating look at how the marginal status of Jewish women enabled them to become agents of modernization in nineteenth-century Eastern European Jewish society.

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In this extraordinary volume, Iris Parush opens up the hitherto unexamined world of literate Jewish women, their reading habits, and their role in the cultural modernization of Eastern European Jewish society in the nineteenth century. Parush makes a paradoxical claim: she argues that because Jewish women were marginalized and neglected by rabbinical authorities who regarded men as the bearers of religious learning, they were free to read secular literature in German, Yiddish, Polish, and Russian. As a result of their exposure to a wealth of literature, these reading women became significant conduits for Haskalah (Enlightenment) ideas and ideals within the Jewish community.

This deceptively simple thesis dramatically challenges and revamps both scholarly and popular notions of Jewish life and learning in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe. While scholars of European women's history have been transforming and complicating ideas about the historical roles of middle-class women for some time, Parush is among the first scholars to work exclusively in Jewish territory. The book will be a very welcome introduction to many facets of modern Jewish cultural history--particularly the role of women--which have too long been ignored.

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ISBN:
9781584653677
Author:
Parush, Iris
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Location:
Hanover N.H.
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Jewish women
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
Religion Western-Jewish History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Brandeis Series on Jewish Women
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.22x5.96x1.05 in. 1.27 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages University Press of New England - English 9781584653677 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this extraordinary volume, Iris Parush opens up the hitherto unexamined world of literate Jewish women, their reading habits, and their role in the cultural modernization of Eastern European Jewish society in the nineteenth century. Parush makes a paradoxical claim: she argues that because Jewish women were marginalized and neglected by rabbinical authorities who regarded men as the bearers of religious learning, they were free to read secular literature in German, Yiddish, Polish, and Russian. As a result of their exposure to a wealth of literature, these reading women became significant conduits for Haskalah (Enlightenment) ideas and ideals within the Jewish community.

This deceptively simple thesis dramatically challenges and revamps both scholarly and popular notions of Jewish life and learning in nineteenth-century Eastern Europe. While scholars of European women's history have been transforming and complicating ideas about the historical roles of middle-class women for some time, Parush is among the first scholars to work exclusively in Jewish territory. The book will be a very welcome introduction to many facets of modern Jewish cultural history--particularly the role of women--which have too long been ignored.

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