Masculinity, Anti-Semitism and Early Modern English Literature by Matthew Biberman download in pdf, ePub, iPad
First, Biberman overturns the assumption that Jewishness and femininity are always associated in the cultural imagination of Western Europe. Biberman traces this shift's repercussions, both in renaissance culture and what followed it. Biberman asserts that classical masculinity is in conflict with Christianity because of premodern culture's embrace of a gender ideal that excludes women. Modern heterosexuality, Biberman says, impedes men's intense identification with Christ and also mutes the demonization of the Jew. Early modern English literature is only a starting point for Biberman's argument.
He is never self-important, and sometimes endearing in his efforts to cram all his exciting ideas into a single project. Eliot a cousin to the annihilative anti-Semitism of the Third Reich. Curiously, he resists the frequently made argument that Merchant of Venice should be read ironically with Shylock as its oppressed hero. Thomas Moisan Matthew Biberman.
In the course of making this larger argument, Biberman introduces a series of more limited claims that challenge the conventional wisdom within the field of literary studies. He largely ignores the vocabularies of the authors he studies. The list could go on, chapter by chapter, of ways in which particularities are bent to fit an overall scheme. Wisely wanting to make gender a central issue in his analyses, Biberman talks about Jessica, Abigail, and their conversions. Copyright Gale, Cengage Learning.
Matthew Biberman's book on masculinity and anti-Semitism reflects wide reading, imaginative ingenuity, and great ambition. He does so in chapters that attend to specific, and largely literary, topics.
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