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Enforced marginality : Jewish narratives on abandoned wives

Author: Bluma Goldstein
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, ©2007.
Series: S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This illuminating study explores a central but neglected aspect of modern Jewish history: the problem of abandoned Jewish wives, or agunes ("chained wives") - women who under Jewish law could not obtain a divorce - and of the men who deserted them. Looking at seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Germany and then late nineteenth-century eastern Europe and twentieth-century United States, Enforced Marginality explores  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bluma Goldstein
ISBN: 9780520249684 0520249682 1433709775 9781433709777
OCLC Number: 74353879
Description: xxv, 206 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue : finally out in the open --
Abandoned wives in Jewish family law : an introduction to the agune --
Doubly exiled in Germany : abandoned wives in Glikl Hamel's memoirs and Solomon Maimon's autobiography --
The victims of adventure : abandoned in Abramovitsh's Benjamin the Third and Sholem Aleykhem's Menakhem-Mendl --
Agunes disappearing in "a gallery of vanished husbands" : retrieving the voices of the abandoned women and children --
An autobiography of turmoil : abandoned mother, abandoned daughter.
Series Title: S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Other Titles: Jewish narratives on abandoned wives
Responsibility: Bluma Goldstein.
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Explores representations of abandoned wives while tracing the demographic movements of Jews in the West. This book analyzes texts in Old Yiddish, German, Yiddish, and English at the intersection of  Read more...

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