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The Singular Beast : Jews, Christians, and the Pig - Carol Volk

The Singular Beast

Jews, Christians, and the Pig

By: Claudine Fabre-Vassas, Carol Volk (Translator)

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Published: 22nd September 1999
For Ages: 22+ years old
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-- "New Republic"

Fabre-Vassas's work in particular illuminates the fear of otherness that, as a dimension of human consciousness, underlies the relationship between those who are persecuted and those who persecute... The extensive and detailed research in The Singular Beast provides ample evidence of how Jewishness became imbued with all manner of hateful traits... Through ethnography and text, Fabre-Vassas offers a rich and nuanced protrait of anti-Semitic beliefs and practices that remained deeply embedded in twentieth-century European society. -- Janet Liebman Jacobs Religious Studies Review [A] masterful demonstration of the role of the pig as that animal which, because of its own natural and cultural anomalousness, came so powerfully to symbolize the dialectic of identity and difference obtaining between Christians and Jews. -- David Gordon White Journal of Religion A stunning compendium of porcine and theological folklore... With remarkable acuity, The Singular Beast shows how the pig, the Jew and the Christian have been locked in a fatal and macabre pas de trois for the past two millenniums. Times Literary Supplement Fabre-Vassas argues that the cultural tension between those who did and those who did not eat pork helps set the stage for a murderous anti-Semitism... Taking her cue from Claude Levi-Strauss, [she] studied the culinary habits of southern France, and the way in which the pig began to be associated with the Jew in the anti-Semitic imaginings of peasant culture, and by implication the rest of Europe. The New York Times Fabre-Vassas... has written an examination of Christian attitudes toward Jews, particularly during the Middle Ages... [I]n the historical anti-Semitic literature, the Jews were associated with the pig's lowly traits... Fabre-Vassas offers a solid, scholarly study. Library Journal

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. i
An Analogical Being
The Red Menp. 13
Children's Storiesp. 43
The Circle of Metamorphosesp. 89
From one Blood to the Next
The Jew's Sowp. 97
Red Easterp. 129
Old Jews, Young Christiansp. 161
The Little Jewp. 193
Christian Flesh
The Return of the Pigp. 233
Blood and Soulp. 259
The Bone That Singsp. 293
The Time of Sacrificep. 323
Notesp. 327
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780231103671
ISBN-10: 0231103670
Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 22nd September 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.0  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.62