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On Marriage

On Marriage

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I was one of the only Jews around and I had a very strong sense of my Jewish identity for that reason. I consider all feelings to have a potentially blocking, and a potentially motivating, or moving, impulse inside them. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. There’s almost nobody I meet these days where I can’t very quickly detect the form their resentment takes – that is, the way in which they feel they’re not being heard, as if they’re being somehow silenced or marginalised, or as if their case isn’t permitted. With Josh Appignanesi, her spouse, she is both co-director and performer in the documentaries The New Man and Husband.

They monitor themselves; it has probably a lot to do with Freudian introspection and the idea that it’s a definition of what you do as a university person – particularly in Germany. EV: We wondered if this idea of the joke in your book The Jewish Joke (2018) could be linked to theatre. DB: That’s very interesting… The notion that satire has somehow become the only plausible way of getting your news. With Josh Appignanesi she is co-director, producer and performer of the films The New Man and Husband , which investigate the intimate dynamics of the filmmakers' own marriage. At the core of OCLW's new programme on Writing Jewish Women's Lives, our new series of afternoon literary seminars are a chance to discuss books by and about Jewish women.It has often been regarded as the most bourgeois and conservative of institutions, while proving flexible enough to accommodate radical reinventions. Why, then, she wonders, has there been so little serious intellectual engagement with the idea of marriage? Because marriage doesn't always bring out the best in us, it makes us wonder what the best in us might be. And that’s not just a secular idea: that idea of sanctifying or desecrating the name of God through your behaviours in public really belongs to the religion, as well.

Devorah Baum brings her literary understandings, psychoanalytic scholarship and great aplomb to the marriage conundrum. Because when you’re feeling hopeless, really hopeless and despairing, if something manages to make you laugh, your gratitude for that is overwhelming – like a kind of prayer. In fact, the reverse was true; Baum is interested as much in the expectations created around marriage, for women in particular, by a society that is still principally organised around married couples and the resulting family unit, and what those expectations mean for anyone who chooses to arrange their life and relationships differently.I think there’s a tendency, when you use words like ‘resentment’, to adopt a severely moral, judgemental tone. But at the end of all her analysis, a definitive understanding remains elusive: “Having thought so much about marriage, the truth is that I still don’t know what I think about it.

He got a job offer to work for a local timber merchant, got very excited, showed the letter offering the job to everyone in the village, lost the letter, and then the timber merchant – who was also Hasidic and a cabbalist – said, ‘Well, this was a sign, you mustn’t have this job, if you lost the letter’.So as they saw it, their choice was between condemning him for being bad, or showing a liberal understanding of why he turned out so bad.



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