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You never call! you never write! : a history of the Jewish mother

You never call! you never write! : a history of the Jewish mother

Author: Joyce Antler
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In You Never Call, You Never Write! Joyce Antler provides an illuminating and often amusing history of one of the best-known figures in popular culture - the Jewish Mother. Whether drawn as self-sacrificing or manipulative, in countless films, novels, radio and television programs, stand-up comedy, and psychological and historical studies, she appears as a colossal figure, intensely involved in the lives of her  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Humor
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Antler, Joyce.
You never call! you never write!
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Antler
ISBN: 9780195147872 0195147871 9780195341430 0195341430
OCLC Number: 75389988
Awards: Emily Toth Award, 2008
Description: xii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
[pt. 1]. The nagging stereotype --
1. "My Yiddishe mama" : the multiple faces of the immigrant Jewish mother --
2. Molly Goldberg : "the prototype of the Jewish mother" in the twentieth century --
3. Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict : social science uncovers the Jewish "family plot" --
4. From Marjorie Morningstar to Jennie Grossinger : the suburbs, the Catskills, and the Jewish mother joke --
5. "American mother of the year" versus monster mothers : will the real Sophie Portnoy please stand up? --
[pt. 2]. The new face of the Jewish mother --
6. The mother and the movement : feminism constructs the Jewish mother --
7. Roseanne and the nanny : the Jewish mother as postmodern spectacle --
8. From second-generation memoirs to women's history : reclaiming the missing mother --
9. "They raised beautiful families" : Jewish mothers narrate their lives --
10. We are all Jewish mothers : mothering in the new millennium --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Archival sources --
Responsibility: Joyce Antler.
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The Jewish mother has become an icon of intrusive, obsessive parenting, caricatured in generations of films, novels, radio and television programs, stand-up comedy and jokebooks. A new, more  Read more...


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"More than a history of Jewish motherhood, this book offers a fresh perspective on Jewish history, women's history, and the history of popular culture that is both informative and Read more...

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