Imagining Jewish Authenticity

Vision and Text in American Jewish Thought

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Ken Koltun-Fromm
  • Bloomington, IN: 
    Indiana University Press
    , January
     266 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Exploring how visual media presents claims to Jewish authenticity, Imagining Jewish Authenticity argues that Jews imagine themselves and their place within America by appealing to a graphic sensibility. Ken Koltun-Fromm traces how American Jewish thinkers capture Jewish authenticity, and lingering fears of inauthenticity, in and through visual discourse and opens up the subtle connections between visual expectations, cultural knowledge, racial belonging, embodied identity, and the ways images and texts work together.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ken Koltun-Fromm is Professor of Religion at Haverford College. He is author of several books including Material Culture and Jewish Thought in America (IUP, 2010).



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