De Gruyter, Oldenbourg, 2021. Item #42319
ISBN:3110737221. 1st edition. Original photographic boards, 8vo, 130 pages. “Writing the Jewish Self explores the fraught aftermath of the German Jewish conversionary experience through the medium of one family grappling with its fateful Jewish origins in a post-Holocaust, post-exilic milieu. Engaging contemporary scholarship to examine both archival family texts and interviews traversing three generations, it traces the impact of a contested Jewish identity on the deconstruction and reconstruction of the Jewish self. Focusing on the personal to illuminate a complex historical phenomenon, this book proposes a new cultural history that challenges conventional boundaries of what is Jewish and what is not. >>The book is fascinating and important, focusing on a very seldom analyzed” (From the rear cover). ”The book is fascinating and important, focusing on a very seldom analyzed question: What forms of Jewishness - identification, affiliation, historical interest, religious practice - persist among Jews who convert and among their descendants? [...] Without making claims to explaining the phenomenon of the persistence of Jewishness in conversion as a general topic, the book presents a stunning range of responses to the question at hand.” (Naomi Seidman, Chancellor Jackman Professor In the Arts, University of Toronto, Canada) New Condition. (AC-7-28).