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Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture
edited by Joyce Antler
Brandeis University Press, 1998
Paper: 978-0-87451-842-9 | eISBN: 978-1-61168-071-3 | Cloth: 978-0-87451-841-2
Library of Congress Classification E184.J5T25 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 973.04924

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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