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Thinking in Jewish

How does one "think" in Jewish? What does it mean to speak in English of Yiddish as Jewish, as a certain intermediary generation of immigrants and children of immigrants from Jewish Eastern Europe has done?

A fascination with this question prompted Jonathan Boyarin, one of America’s most original thinkers in critical theory and Jewish ethnography, to offer the unexpected Jewish perspective on the vexed issue of identity politics presented here. Boyarin’s essays explore the ways in which a Jewish—or, more particularly, Yiddish—idiom complicates the question of identity. Ranging from explorations of a Lower East Side synagogue to Fichte’s and Derrida’s contrasting notions of the relation between the Jews and the idea of Europe, from the Lubavitch Hasidim to accounts of self-making by Judith Butler and Charles Taylor, Thinking in Jewish will be indispensable reading for students of critical theory, cultural studies, and Jewish studies.

Table of Contents

1. Waiting for a Jew: Marginal Redemption at the Eight Street Shul
2. Self-Exposure as Theory: The Double Mark of the Male Jew
3. Death and the Minyan
4. Before the Law There Stands a Woman: In Re Taylor v. Butler (with Court-Appointed Yiddish Translator
5. From Derrida to Fichte? The New Europe, the Same Europe, and the Place of the Jews
6. At Last, All the Goyim: Notes on a Greek Word Applied to Jews
7. Jews in Space; or, the Jewish People in the Twenty-first Century
Appendix: Yidishe visnshaft un di postmodern
Yiddish Science and the Postmodern, translated by Naomi Seidman

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