The Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures explores the diversity of Jewish cultures and ways of investigating them, presenting the different methodologies, arguments and challenges within the discipline. Divided into themed sections, this book considers in turn:

  • How the individual terms "Jewish" and "culture" are defined, looking at perspectives from Anthropology, Music, Literary Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies, History, Art History, and Film, Television, and New Media Studies.
  • How Jewish cultures are theorized, looking at key themes regarding power, textuality, religion/secularity, memory, bodies, space and place, and networks.
  • Case studies in contemporary Jewish cultures.

With essays by leading scholars in Jewish culture, this book offers a clear overview of the field and offers exciting new directions for the future.

chapter |14 pages


ByLaurence Roth, Nadia Valman

part |2 pages

PART I Defining terms: disciplinary perspectives

chapter 1|18 pages


ByMisha Klein

chapter 2|12 pages


ByJudah M. Cohen

chapter 3|13 pages

Literary studies

ByMarc Caplan

chapter 4|11 pages


ByBen Gidley

chapter 5|12 pages

Religious studies

ByAndrea Lieber

chapter 6|12 pages


ByKlaus Hödl

chapter 7|13 pages

Art history

BySamantha Baskind, Larry Silver

chapter 8|13 pages

Film, television, and new media studies

ByNathan Abrams

part |2 pages

PART II Theorizing contemporary Jewish cultures

chapter 9|16 pages


ByMichael Rothberg

chapter 10|12 pages


ByDevorah Baum

chapter 11|11 pages


ByNaomi Seidman

chapter 12|10 pages


ByNils Roemer

chapter 13|11 pages


ByBarbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

chapter 14|12 pages

Space and place

ByBarbara E. Mann

chapter 15|16 pages


ByLaurence Roth

part |2 pages

PART III Case studies in contemporary Jewish cultures

chapter 16|11 pages

“Jewface” and “Jewfaçade” in Poland, Spain, and Birobidzhan

ByS. I. Salamensky

chapter 17|12 pages

Television blackface: Jews, race and comedy in the UK and Australia

ByAustralia Jon Stratton

chapter 19|13 pages

Turkish Jewish journalism and its audiences

ByMarcy Brink-Danan

chapter 20|13 pages

The idea of Yiddish: re-globalizing North American Jewish culture

ByAmelia Glaser

chapter 21|14 pages

Yiddish and multilingual urban space in Montreal

BySherry Simon

chapter 22|11 pages

Pop, piety and modernity: the changing spaces of Orthodox culture

ByAbigail Wood

chapter 23|11 pages

Seeing and being in contemporary Orthodox Jewish dress

ByJonathan S. Marion

chapter 24|12 pages

Life drawing: autobiography, comics, Jewish women

BySarah Lightman

chapter 26|13 pages

Scoreboard: sports and American Jewish identities

ByDavid J. Leonard

chapter 28|17 pages

Jewish spirituality and late capitalism

ByAyala Fader