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JewishnessExpression, Identity and Representation$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113454

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113454.001.0001

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The Chutzpah of Jewish Cultural Studies

The Chutzpah of Jewish Cultural Studies

(p.1) Introduction The Chutzpah of Jewish Cultural Studies

Simon J. Bronner

Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Jewish cultural studies. In its formation, Jewish cultural studies is something of a hybrid of Jewish studies and cultural studies. For Jewish studies, Jewish cultural studies helps to contemporize and contextualize Jewish experience. And since the identity of Jewishness is often open to interpretation, a related discourse of Jewish cultural studies is on the authenticity of cultural practice and disputed claims to heritage. The chapter then discusses the word chutzpah to draw attention to the questions, posed by the discipline of Jewish cultural studies, of representation and identity that arise from cultural communication. Rendered positively or not, chutzpah in the twenty-first century or the postmodern age has been used in popular culture to convey an unshakable Jewish spirit in the absence of material difference.

Keywords:   Jewish cultural studies, Jewish studies, cultural studies, Jewish experience, Jewishness, cultural practice, heritage, chutzpah, cultural communication, Jewish spirit

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