Academic journal article The Jewish Quarterly Review

On Gender and Boundaries

Academic journal article The Jewish Quarterly Review

On Gender and Boundaries

Article excerpt

The editors have decided to devote a series of forums to the topic of "boundaries." Our plan is to create a space for the exploration of an idea or theme that traverses commonly recognized boundaries of method, discipline, or received wisdom in Jewish studies. We decided to structure the first of these under the subtheme of gender, and to that end have invited three contributors to reflect broadly on the topic. Each of the three responses combines in its own way the demands of scholarly inquiry with a desire to break new ground. Reflecting the fact that the category "gender" is by definition a permeable one, the scholars in this forum bring widely divergent approaches to the theme at hand, and trace a series of sometimes surprising transgressions and transversals - not only of identity and authority - but of space (domestic and urban), practice (childbearing, prayer), religious orientation, narrative framing, and, by extension, conventions and genres. …

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