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Embodied Differences

The Jew's Body and Materiality in Russian Literature and Culture

Henrietta Mondry (author)

ISBN: 9781644694855

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Format: Hardback

Analyses the ways in which literary works and cultural discourses employ the construct of the Jew's body in relation to the material world in order either to establish and reinforce, or to subvert and challenge, dominant cultural norms and stereotypes.
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This book analyzes the ways in which literary works and cultural discourses employ the construct of the Jew's body in relation to the material world in order either to establish and reinforce, or to subvert and challenge, dominant cultural norms and stereotypes. It examines the use of physical characteristics, embodied practices, tacit knowledge and senses to define the body taxonomically as normative, different, abject or mimetically desired. Starting from the works of Gogol and Dostoevsky through to contemporary Russian-Jewish women's writing, the book argues that materiality also embodies fictional constructions that should be approached as a culture-specific material-semiotic interface.
Illustrations 14 illustrations
Pages 270
Dimensions 234 x 156
Date Published 30 Dec 2020
Publisher Academic Studies Press
Subject/s Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Literary companions   Social & cultural history   Gender studies: women   Gender studies, gender groups   Jewish studies   Judaism   Religious intolerance, persecution & conflict  
  • A note on transliteration
  • List of illustrations
  • Introduction
  • Part One: The Other Body and Spaces for Matter
  • Chapter One. Locating historically the Jew's body between display and transformation
  • Chapter Two. The power of meat: defining ethnicity and masculinity in Gogol
  • Chapter Three. Valued bodies and spaces: cross-religious encounters in Dostoevsky
  • Chapter Four. Intimate spaces: the modern Jewess in the boudoir in Chekhov and Bely
  • Chapter Five. Animal advocacy and ritual murder trials
  • Chapter Six. Aphids and other undesirables: the predatory Jew versus Soviet art
  • Chapter Seven. Abject bodies: tactility, dissection, and body rites in postmodernist fiction
  • Part Two: Re/active Embodiments and a Sense of Things
  • Chapter Eight. Women writers inventing exotic origins
  • Chapter Nine. Strange ancestors in the house and in the basement
  • Chapter Ten. On feeding the family: constructing Jewishness through nurture 
  • Chapter Eleven. Materiality of smell and constructs of embodied memory
  • Chapter Twelve. "An edible chronotope": in search of Jewish heritage food
  • Conclusion: The Power of Bodies and Senses that Matter
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Henrietta Mondry is Professor in the Department of Global, Cultural and Language Studies at the University of Canterbury. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has published widely on cultural history and literature. Her books include Populist Writers and the Jews and Exemplary Bodies: Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture.

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