The Femininity Puzzle by Ulrike Brunotte

The Femininity Puzzle by Ulrike Brunotte

Gender, Orientalism and the »Jewish Other«

Historical Gender Studies

In the Hobsbawmian long 19th century, gender and processes of sexualization and feminization have been crucial in the construction of the Jewish Other. Ulrike Brunotte explores how these processes came about by addressing imaginative, aesthetic, and epistemological questions. She analyzes how literature, psychoanalysis and the performing arts traverse and react to the ambivalence of racialized stereotypes. The femininity puzzle presents itself in two ways: first in the role of effeminization of the male Jew in antisemitic discourse, and then in the transgressive forms of femininity connected to Jewish women, especially the allosemitic orientalization in the figure of the Beautiful Jewess.

Year first published: 2022

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