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The Case of the Sexy Jewess
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The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture

Hannah Schwadron


This book documents the unorthodox case of the Sexy Jewess, a distinctive figure of twenty-first-century American Jewishness. Versions of her image proliferate in US popular culture among neoburlesque, movie musicals, comedic television, ballet parody, and progressive pornography. In embodied plays with sexed-up self-display, the Sexy Jewess revises long-standing stereotypes of the ugly hag, the insatiable Jewish mother, and the self-obsessed Jewish American princess that sustain images of excess even as they have assimilated into the American mainstream. Talking back and dancing back at these ... More

Keywords: Sexy Jewess, Jewishness, postfeminism, postassimilation, neoburlesque, movie musicals, comedy, ballet parody, pornography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190624194
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190624194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Schwadron, author
Assistant Professor of Dance, Florida State University