Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration

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Routledge, 2007 - Religion - 279 pages
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Providing valuable insights into an element of European nationalism and modernist culture, this book explores the development of the 'Zionist body' as opposed to the traditional stereotype of the physically weak, intellectual Jew. It charts the cultural and intellectual history showing how the 'Muscle Jew' developed as a political symbol of national regeneration.

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Todd Samuel Presner is an associate professor of Germanic languages and Jewish studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also the author of "Muscular Judaism: The Jewish Body and the Politics of Regeneration," His recent articles have appeared in "PMLA," "Modernism/Modernity," "German Politics and Society," "Telos," and "Criticism," and he has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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