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Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Volume Two

Pauline Wengeroff


This book is an unabridged translation and critical edition of Pauline Wengeroff’s Memoirs of a Grandmother. Situated in the second half of the nineteenth century, the volume tells the story of the dissolution of tradition in Russian Jewish society through the experience of one family, which Wengeroff depicts as typical and representative. Wengeroff claims there was a gendered disparity in the behavior of women and men about Jewish tradition in this era, with women both wedded to tradition and wishing to adopt the best of European culture, and men recklessly abandoning Jewish culture and forci ... More

Keywords: tradition, modernity, marriage, family, assimilation, gendered conflict over tradition, marital conflict over tradition, intergenerational conflict over tradition, conversion, cultural resurgence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804768801
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768801.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pauline Wengeroff, author
Oberlin College