Apr
29

Defense Done!

I just defended this morning and got honors! This has been a long project and a challenging one from beginning to end. It has been really tough this past month fitting in all the revisions. I ended up rewriting my second section from the ground up and that took a lot longer than expected and…
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Apr
29

Conclusion and looking to the next golem authors

Finally, this study returns to the idea of the golem as a palimpsest. Scholars have argued that the legend of the golem can be viewed as a palimpsest, a manuscript, on which text is written, erased, and rewritten. Authors do this when they rewrite the legend for their own purposes, deleting and inscribing the meanings…
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Apr
29

Finis Ghetto

In December of 1896 a massive explosion was heard in the Old Town of Prague. Forty-five houses in Josefov,[1] the Jewish Quarter, and nine more houses just outside the district had been destroyed by dynamite. This explosion was the beginning of the Finis Ghetto program, an urban renewal project that over the next sixteen years…
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Apr
29

Updated Introduction!

Where is the soul to be breathed into me? Why don’t you open up my eyes and see? Where is the tongue, where are the teeth, where is

Feb
18

A Brief History of Ethnic Nationalism and Anti-Semitism at the Beginning of the 20th Century

Blog Post Feb 2 A History of Nationalism, Anti-Semitism and Ethnography In order to analyze the golem as a representation of Jewishness, it is important to understand the historical discourse of what Europeans, Jewish and gentile, thought it meant ‘to be Jewish’. Throughout much of European history, what it meant ‘to be Jewish’ for gentiles…
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