Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man

Unheroic Conduct The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man In a book that will both enlighten and provoke Daniel Boyarin offers an alternative to the prevailing Euroamerican warrior patriarch model of masculinity and recovers the Jewish ideal of the gentle

  • Title: Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man
  • Author: Daniel Boyarin
  • ISBN: 9780520210509
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a book that will both enlighten and provoke, Daniel Boyarin offers an alternative to the prevailing Euroamerican warrior patriarch model of masculinity and recovers the Jewish ideal of the gentle, receptive male The Western notion of the aggressive, sexually dominant male and the passive female reaches back through Freud to Roman times, but as Boyarin makes clear, suchIn a book that will both enlighten and provoke, Daniel Boyarin offers an alternative to the prevailing Euroamerican warrior patriarch model of masculinity and recovers the Jewish ideal of the gentle, receptive male The Western notion of the aggressive, sexually dominant male and the passive female reaches back through Freud to Roman times, but as Boyarin makes clear, such gender roles are not universal Analyzing ancient and modern texts, he reveals early rabbis studious, family oriented as exemplars of manhood and the prime objects of female desire in traditional Jewish society.Challenging those who view the feminized Jew as a pathological product of the Diaspora or a figment of anti Semitic imagination, Boyarin argues that the Diaspora produced valuable alternatives to the dominant cultures overriding gender norms He finds the origins of the rabbinic model of masculinity in the Talmud, and though unrelentingly critical of rabbinic society s oppressive aspects, he shows how it could provide greater happiness for women than the passive gentility required by bourgeois European standards.Boyarin also analyzes the self transformation of three iconic Viennese modern Jews Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism and Bertha Pappenheim Anna O , the first psychoanalytic patient and founder of Jewish feminism in Germany Pappenheim is Boyarin s hero it is she who provides him with a model for a militant feminist, anti homophobic transformation of Orthodox Jewish society today.Like his groundbreaking Carnal Israel, this book is talmudic scholarship in a whole new light, with a vitality that will command attention from readers in feminist studies, history of sexuality, Jewish culture, and the history of psychoanalysis.

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    • I’m not a fan of Freud, to put it mildly so I'm reluctant to give the book 5 stars because of the lengthy chapters on psychoanalysis and Freud’s odd theories. A point in Boyarin’s favour is that he, while not exactly pulling Freud’s work to pieces, points to his - partly hidden - misogyny, homophobia and internalised antisemitism. And most importantly, he dismantles the Oedipus complex. (No, I just can't take this theory seriously.) Apart from this "Freudian overdose", it’s quite an i [...]


    • I really enjoyed reading this book. At least in part because it seemed to describe the (far from perfect) masculinity I saw in my relatives, friends and rabbis growing up (who were all jewish and in that world). Normal stereotypes of masculinity were pretty foreign to me. Especially interesting to me after reading about weininger and learning more about ashkenazu and yiddish culture stuff in general.


    • There are some brilliant readings in here, but at times I was a bit confused on the relevance of certain sections to his main point, though I suppose that everything was at least somewhat connected. I think as well that a failing of the book is to bring in the perspectives of modern biology and psychology. To read the symptoms of Bertha Pappenheimer's "hysteria" as a result of her feminist feelings seem slightly implausible to me. Though I do take some comfort in that Boyarin, like myself, seems [...]


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