Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America (Paperback)Ken Koltun-Fromm (author)
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How Jews think about and work with objects is the subject of this fascinating study of the interplay between material culture and Jewish thought. Ken Koltun-Fromm draws from philosophy, cultural studies, literature, psychology, film, and photography to portray the vibrancy and richness of Jewish practice in America. His analyses of Mordecai Kaplan's obsession with journal writing, Joseph Soloveitchik's urban religion, Abraham Joshua Heschel's fascination with objects in The Sabbath, and material identity in the works of Anzia Yezierska, Cynthia Ozick, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, as well as Jewish images on the covers of Lilith magazine and in the Jazz Singer films, offer a groundbreaking approach to an understanding of modern Jewish thought and its relation to American culture.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 23 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
[This book] offers a bracing insight into the current, vibrant state of American Jewish studies.7/16/10 -- Josh Lambert * Forward *
Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America invites us to re-examine a range of religious-philosophical sources, for which we should be grateful. * Jewish Book World *
Ken Koltun-Fromm's fascinating account of American Jewish thinkers' engagement with material culture explores a subject largely commanded by social historians . . . [His] chapters engage fascinating topics in clear-headed and searching discussions. * Shofar *
In this tightly argued and sophisticated monograph, Koltun-Fromm seeks to locate and explore the experiences of American Jews with physical objects and things as diverse as journals and urban streets. . . . All libraries supporting such patrons should seriously consider its purchase. . . . Recommended. * Choice *
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