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Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination: Jewish Cultural Studies Volume 5

Jane L. Kanarek, Marjorie Lehman, and Simon J Bronner


The 'Jewish mother' figure is a hallmark of Jewish culture, one which appears in the works of rabbis, artists, poets, and activists across time and place. While depictions of mothers and motherhood abound in Jewish writings, they vary significantly according to social context. These representations therefore offer important insights into the Jewish cultural imagination, and the ways in which writers resort to the figure of the Jewish mother to comprehend and construct their world. This book highlights the complex network of symbols and images associated with Jewish mothers and motherhood as we ... More

Keywords: Jewish mothers, Jewish culture, motherhood, Jewish cultural imagination, Jewish identity, Judaism

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781906764661
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane L. Kanarek, editor

Marjorie Lehman, editor

Simon J Bronner, editor

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Marjorie Lehman, Jane L. Kanarek, and Simon J. Bronner

Part I Idealized Mothers

Part II Constructions and Contestations of Mothers

Part III Activist Mothers

Part IV Re-embodying Mothers

Part V Recasting Mothers

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