Jewish Studies 39, Section 1

Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity (2 units, LG)

Graduate Student Instructor Shirelle Doughty and Professor Benjamin Brinner
Wednesday 2:00-4:00, 279 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 44225

The Zionist cultural project involved creating a new Jewish masculinity that would replace the diasporic 'sissy Jew' with a strong, healthy new 'Jewry of Muscle.' Using literary and filmic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.

Instructor Bio

Shirelle Maya Doughty received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Maryland, where she studied English and Hebrew literatures, Jewish history, and Israeli and Palestinian cinemas. She has taught both at the high school and university level, where she designed courses that were the product of her research into the histories of racism and antisemitism and the cultural projects of modern nationalism. She is currently a doctoral student in the Near Eastern Studies department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is expanding her research to include the histories and cultures of Jews in Arabic speaking lands and the experiences of Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Ben Brinner, professor in the Department of Music and Faculty Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, is an ethnomusicologist researching issues of musical interaction, competence and cognition, primarily in Israel and Indonesia.