Tahneer Oksman

Mar 24, 2016

How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?

Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs

Columbia University Press 2016

purchase at bookshop.org In "How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?": Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs (Columbia University Press, 2016), Tahneer Oksman explores the graphic memoirs of seven female cartoonists, whose works grapple with issues of Jewish identity - from confronting stereotypes of Jewish women's bodies and behaviors, to ambivalence over what it means to be a progressive Jew on a Birthright trip to Israel. Through visual and textual analysis, Oksman illustrates how her authors' connections to Jewishness remain complicated, fluid, and intimately tied to perceptions of self and how others view them.

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