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In this sparkling debut, a young critic offers an original, passionate, and erudite account of what it means to feel Jewish - even when you're not.

Self-hatred. Guilt. Resentment. Paranoia. Hysteria. Overbearing mother-love. In this witty, insightful, and poignant book, Devorah Baum delves into fiction, film, memoir, and psychoanalysis to present a dazzlingly original exploration of a series of feelings famously associated with modern Jews. Reflecting on why Jews have so often been depicted, both by others and by themselves, as prone to "negative" feelings, she queries how negative these feelings really are. And as the pace of globalization leaves countless people feeling more marginalized, uprooted, and existentially threatened, she argues that such "Jewish" feelings are becoming increasingly common to us all.

Ranging from Franz Kafka to Philip Roth, Sarah Bernhardt to Woody Allen, Anne Frank to Nathan Englander, Feeling Jewish bridges the usual fault lines between left and right, insider and outsider, Jew and Gentile, and even Semite and anti-Semite, to offer an indispensable guide for our divisive times.

©2017 Devorah Baum (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • 17-09-20

Being Jewish is not only self hating

Being honest I drop off the book after the first 20% so maybe I missed something about this book.
However madam, with all my respect. You need to let Freud, Kafka, Foucault and other philosophers from the 19 th century where they are.
I don t believe a digression of 20 minutes about Freud’s psychological profile is really needed. The guy died long time ago and since him we need much more. Sorry I’m just a bit tired of american writers thinking they are smart because they read people which in my country we buried long time ago. Thing changed. Move on.

Furthermore I believe being Jewish or feeling Jewish is much more than self hatred, pain and shame. It s also a lot of happiness, work, effort and love.

I would kindly encourage the author to get back to her roots and face them for real. And find peace.

Great book if you are jewish and hate it though