For Women and Girls Only: Reshaping Jewish Orthodoxy Through the Arts in the Digital Age

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New York University Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author
Jessica Roda is Assistant Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is the author of The Judeo-Spanish of France: Family, Community and Musical Heritage.
"Roda sympathetically and searchingly engages with Jewish Orthodox women performers who create audiences inside and outside their enclosed communities. The book surveys the ways that these artists and their publics test and stretch the boundaries of sanctioned activity as they shape creative lives."-- "Mark Slobin, author of Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World"
"This is good, smart, rich, provocative, and readable ethnography. Written from an avowedly feminist perspective, it nevertheless challenges stereotypes about the absence of women's creativity and critical voices within the so-called 'ultra-Orthodox' Jewish communities. It sings at the pulsing intersection of gender, religion, and media studies."-- "Jonathan Boyarin - Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Professor of Modern Jewish Studies, Cornell University"
"A remarkably innovative contribution to the ethnographic study of gender and religion. Roda's analysis of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women artists in Montreal and New York opens up brand new terrain with important implications for theory building. Attending to the lives of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women influencers, artists, celebrities, and more, For Women and Girls Only is a beautiful, creative book that offers new insights on gendered religious agency, digital media, publicity, and economies. This is a must-read!"-- "Ayala Fader, author of Hidden Heretics and Mitzvah Girls"
"Roda's exemplary ethnography brings the little-known musical world of Orthodox Jewish women to a broader public largely unaware of both its existence and its dynamism. This book constitutes a major contribution to the anthropology of music and beyond."-- "Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University"