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Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames
Women's Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope
Jael Silliman  

$38.95 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/1/2001
ISBN: 9781584651697    

224 Pages

Canadian rights only
Distributed for University Press of New England


About the Book

Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames is a personal and social history of the authorís great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother - Baghdadi Jews who lived most of their lives in the Jewish community in Calcutta. Jael Silliman begins with a portrait of Farha, her maternal great-grandmother, who dwelled almost entirely within the Baghdadi Jewish community no matter where she and her husband traveled. Next is her maternal grandmother, Miriam (Mary), who was much more Anglicized than Farha and deeply influenced by British colonial practices. The third portrait, of Sillimanís mother, Flower, reveals a woman in a double transition: her own and Indiaís. The final sketch is of Silliman herself. Born in Calcutta in 1955, she grew up in a cosmopolitan and Indian world and now lives and works in the US.

These rich family portraits convey a sense of the singular roles women played in building and sustaining a complex diaspora in what Silliman calls "Jewish Asia" over the past 150 years. Her sketches of the everyday lives of her foremothers bring to life a community and a culture, even as they disclose the unexpected and subtle complexities of the colonial encounter as experienced by Jewish women.

About the Author(s)

Rita Arditti, author of Searching for Life Jael Silliman is Assistant Professor of Womenís Studies at the University of Iowa.

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Related Topics

Jewish Studies
Women's Studies

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