Jewish Masculinities

Jewish Masculinities

German Jews, Gender, and History
Distribution: World
Publication date: 07/18/2012
Format: Paperback 6 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-00206-8
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Stereotyped as delicate and feeble intellectuals, Jewish men in German-speaking lands in fact developed a rich and complex spectrum of male norms, models, and behaviors. Jewish Masculinities explores conceptions and experiences of masculinity among Jews in Germany from the 16th through the late 20th century as well as emigrants to North America, Palestine, and Israel. The volume examines the different worlds of students, businessmen, mohels, ritual slaughterers, rabbis, performers, and others, shedding new light on the challenge for Jewish men of balancing German citizenship and cultural affiliation with Jewish communal solidarity, religious practice, and identity.

Author Bio

Benjamin Maria Baader is Associate Professor of European History and co-coordinator of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Manitoba. He is author of Gender, Judaism, and Bourgeois Culture in Germany, 1800-1870 (IUP, 2006).

Sharon Gillerman is Associate Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Edgar F. Magnin School of Graduate Studies at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. She is author of Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic.

Paul Lerner is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies at the University of Southern California. He is author of Hysterical Men: War, Psychiatry, and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890-1930.


“A valuable addition to the growing field of Jewish gender history.”
 — Derek Penslar, University of Toronto

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Table of Contents


Introduction: German Jews, Gender, and History \ Paul Lerner, Benjamin Maria Baader, and Sharon Gillerman
1. Respectability Tested: Male Ideals, Sexuality, and Honor in Early Modern Ashkenazi Jewry \ Andreas Gotzmann
2. Jewish Difference and the Feminine Spirit of Judaism in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Germany \ Benjamin Maria Baader
3. Moral, Clean Men of the Jewish Faith: Jewish Rituals and Their Male Practitioners, 1843–1914 \ Robin Judd
4. A Soft Hero: Male Jewish Identity in Imperial Germany through the Autobiography of Aron Liebeck \ Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
5. Performing Masculinity: Jewish Students and the Honor Code at German Universities \ Lisa Fetheringill Zwicker
6. Whose Body Is It Anyway? Hermaphrodites, Gays, and Jews in N. O. Body's Germany \ Sander L. Gilman
7. Toward a Theory of the Modern Hebrew Handshake: The Conduct of Muscle Judaism \ Etan Bloom
8. Friedrich Gundolf and Jewish Conservative Bohemianism in the Weimar Republic \ Ann Goldberg
9. A Kinder Gentler Strongman? Siegmund Breitbart in Eastern Europe \ Sharon Gillerman
10. Family Matters: German Jewish Masculinities among Nazi Era Refugees \ Judith Gerson

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