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Published: 24 March 2008

336 Pages

ISBN: 9780195341430

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You Never Call! You Never Write!

A History of the Jewish Mother

Joyce Antler

In You Never Call, You Never Write, Joyce Antler provides an illuminating and often amusing history of one of the best-known figures in popular culture--the Jewish Mother. Antler traces the odyssey of this compelling personality through decades of American culture. She ranges from the early twentieth-century image of the "Yiddishe Mama" and the amazingly successful "Molly Goldberg," to the negative images found in Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint and Woody Allen's Oedipus Wrecks. But she also uncovers a new counter-narrative, leading feminist scholars and stand-up comediennes to see the Jewish Mother in positive terms.


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