Feeling Jewish (A Book For Just About Anyone)
Why are ‘negative’ feelings such as self-hatred, guilt, resentment, paranoia, hysteria, and overbearing mother-love characterised as ‘Jewish’? In her sparkling debut, Devorah Baum delves into film, fiction and psychoanalysis. In so doing, she explores what it’s like to be a Jewish woman, shining a light on cultural icons from Groucho Marx to Freud, to examine what it’s like to feel Jewish, even when you’re not.
Dr Devorah Baum is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Feeling Jewish: a book for just about anyone (Yale University Press) and The Jewish Joke: an essay with examples (less essay, more examples) (Profile), co-director of the creative documentary feature film The New Man, and guest editor of the special issue of Granta #146 on 'The Politics of Feeling'. She has written for a range of publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Tate Etc. She is currently writing a book about marriage, and she is currently married.
Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory. His books include Not Working, How to Read Freud and The Private Life. He lives in London.