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Feeling Jewish: (A Book for Just About Anyone)
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In this sparkling debut, a young critic offers an original, passionate, and erudite account of what it means to feel Jewish—even when you're not.

Self-hatred. Guilt. Resentment. Paranoia. Hysteria. Overbearing Mother-Love. In this witty, insightful, and poignant book, Devorah Baum delves into fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis to present a dazzlingly original exploration of a series of feelings famously associated with modern Jews. Reflecting on why Jews have so often been depicted, both by others and by themselves, as prone to "negative" feelings, she queries how negative these feelings really are. And as the pace of globalization leaves countless people feeling more marginalized, uprooted, and existentially threatened, she argues that such "Jewish" feelings are becoming increasingly common to us all.

Ranging from Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Sarah Bernhardt to Woody Allen, Anne Frank to Nathan Englander, Feeling Jewish bridges the usual fault lines between left and right, insider and outsider, Jew and Gentile, and even Semite and anti-Semite, to offer an indispensable guide for our divisive times.

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Self-hatred. Guilt. Resentment. Paranoia. Hysteria. Overbearing Mother-Love. In this witty, insightful, and poignant book, Devorah Baum delves into fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis to present a dazzlingly original exploration of a series of feelings famously associated with modern Jews. Reflecting on why Jews have so often been depicted, both by others and by themselves, as prone to "negative" feelings, she queries how negative these feelings really are. And as the pace of globalization leaves countless people feeling more marginalized, uprooted, and existentially threatened, she argues that such "Jewish" feelings are becoming increasingly common to us all.

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In this sparkling debut, a young critic offers an original, passionate, and erudite account of what it means to feel Jewish—even when you're not.

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Ranging from Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Sarah Bernhardt to Woody Allen, Anne Frank to Nathan Englander, Feeling Jewish bridges the usual fault lines between left and right, insider and outsider, Jew and Gentile, and even Semite and anti-Semite, to offer an indispensable guide for our divisive times.

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        Starred review from August 1, 2017

        Baum's (English literature & critical theory, Univ. of Southampton) original and thought-provoking first book systematically examines traits that have been associated with modern Jews, including self-hatred, envy, guilt, paranoia, intense maternal love and affection, and strong emotional reactions. Beginning with an insightful introduction and continuing over the course of several chapters, Baum critically investigates these emotions through film, fiction, comedy, memoirs, and psychoanalysis. Throughout, she graciously and humorously brings readers along on her journey through each of these feelings. By examining the works of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Woody Allen, Anne Frank, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, and Edward Said, Baum suggests that in our constantly changing world where previously existing norms are being challenged, everyone (regardless of background) can locate their own emotions amid the spectrum of these feelings. VERDICT Baum's arguments and supporting evidence will cause readers to critique their own assumptions of gender, identity, sexuality, and race. A compelling read for those interested in Jewish and cultural studies.--Jacqueline Parascandola, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Unique theories on how "feeling Jewish" plays out not only among secular Jews, but also among individuals with no Jewish heritage.In alternately playful and academic prose filled with down-to-earth anecdotes and grand theories, Baum (English Literature and Critical Theory/Univ. of Southampton) suggests that in a troubled global village, stereotypes often ascribed to Jews--guilt, hysteria, envy, resentment, self-hatred, extreme mother-love--may have become universal. Throughout history, Jews have been reviled and persecuted, both emulated and envied for their successes. While explaining the concept of feeling Jewish, Baum relies heavily on representations of Jews in novels, memoirs, films, plays, sacred texts, and on psychologists' couches. She makes multiple references to a variety of significant Jewish figures, including Philip Roth, Franz Kafka, Woody Allen, Groucho Marx, and Sigmund Freud. At times, though, Baum examines her own back story, revealing how her reactions to all sorts of occurrences have become linked to how she feels about herself as a Jewish woman. Does she feel shame about her Jewishness? If so, why? If not, what to call her feelings about being Jewish? Does the word "Jew" arrive with a trigger warning in the same way that "black" or "Muslim" or "gay" might? As the author seeks answers, she produces a wide-ranging, deeply original inquiry into modern life. One of Baum's overarching messages is that in a world where non-Jews as well as Jews perceive themselves as marginalized and thus threatened, stereotypical Jewish feelings seem a good fit in other cultures. "When it comes to feeling panicky, weak, outnumbered, and existentially threatened, Jews are by no means all alone," writes the author. "Indeed, the sense of dispossession that might be said to underpin resurgent 'nationalist' feelings could hardly have more in common with the feelings of those rootless cosmopolitans accused of aggravating them." An impressive work of intellect and presentation.

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