Jews and Shoes

Jews and Shoes

By: Edna Nahshon (editor)Paperback

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Shoes are an integral part of Jewish material culture. Although they appear in some of the most foundational biblical stories, they are generally regarded as no more than lowly, albeit essential, accessories. Jews and Shoes takes a fresh look at the makings and meanings of shoes, cobblers, and barefootedness in Jewish experience. The book shows how shoes convey theological, social, and economic concepts, and as such are intriguing subjects for inquiry within a wide range of cultural, artistic, and historic contexts. The book's multidisciplinary approach encompasses a wide range of contributions from disciplines as diverse as fashion, visual culture, history, anthropology, Bible and Talmud, and performance studies. Jews and Shoes will appeal to students, scholars and general readers alike who are interested to find out more about the practical and symbolic significance of shoes in Jewish culture since antiquity.

About Author

Edna Nahshon is Associate Professor of Hebrew at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Senior Associate, Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford University.


1. Jews and Shoes, Edna Nahshon Part 1: Religion and the Bible 2. The Biblical Shoe: 'Eschewing Footwear: The Call of Moses as Biblical Archetype', Ora Prouser 3. The Halitzah Shoe: Between Female Subjugation and Symbolic Emasculation, Catherine Hezser 4. The Tombstone Shoe: Shoe-Shaped Tombstones in Jewish Cemeteries in the Ukraine, Rivka Parciack 5. The Israeli Shoe: Biblical Sandals and Native Israeli Identity, Orna Ben-Meir Part 2: Memories and Commemoration 6. The Shtetl Shoe: How to Make a Shoe, Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 7. The Folkloristic Shoe: Shoes and Shoemakers in Yiddish Language and Folklore, Robert A. Rothstein 8. The Holocaust Shoe: Untying Memory: Shoes as Holocaust Memorial Experience, Jeffrey Feldman Part 3: Ideology and Economics 9. Wanderer's Shoe: The Cobbler's Penalty: The Wandering Jew in Search for Salvation, Shelly Zer-Zion 10. The Equalizing Shoe: Shoes as a Symbol of Equality in the Jewish Society in Palestine during the First Half of the Twentieth Century, Ayala Raz Part 4: Theatre, Art and Film 11. The Fetishist's Shoe: Poems of Pedal Atrocity: Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Religion in the Art of Bruno Schulz, Andrew Ingall 12. The Artist's Shoe: Digging Into the Jewish Roots of Shoe-Field, Sonya Rapoport 13. The Theatrical Shoe: The Utterance of Shoemaking: Cobblers on the Israeli Stage, Dorit Yerushalmi 14. The Cinematic Shoe: Ernst Lubitsch's East European Touch in Pinkus's Shoe Palace, Jeanette Malkin

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781847880505
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 338
  • ID: 9781847880505
  • weight: 474
  • ISBN10: 1847880509

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