Dear Colleagues and Friends,
For examples in the biblical corpus, consider Joseph and Esther in the Imperial court.
See my chapter, "'Passing Strange': Gender Crossing in the Story of Joseph and Esther"
in, "The Female Ruse: Women's Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible" (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press 2015), 198-230.
This is an intersectional analysis of gender/Jewish identity (or "Hebrew" identity) as it crosses power lines.
For the question of S. J. Crasnow experiences of "passing" or not passing as gentile –
See Jonathan Schorsch, Swimming the Christian Atlantic: Judeoconversos, Afroiberians and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century, Leiden 2008, p. 67, regarding communities (like the Spanish- Portuguese community in Amsterdam) who forbade passing as a Christian in the Iberian Catholic lands in 1644, and that Between 1645 and 1725, 80 persons were so punished for these transgressions (And see also p. 63 regarding passing as an ‘old Christian’).
Is anyone aware of scholarly works on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous? There are a few partisan, popular works and, of course, many clinical studies on the efficacy of AA. But I cannot find anything that takes a professional, academic approach to the history of this influential organization.
Two different but potentially interesting sources:
Kerry Wallach, *Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany* (University of Michigan Press, 2017)
Ethan Katz, "Secular French Nationhood and its Discontents: Jews as Muslims and Religion as Race in Occupied France," in *Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times* (UPenn Press, 2015).
Thomas V. Cohen, "The Case of the Mysterious Coil of Rope: Street Life and Jewish Persona in Rome in the Middle of the Sixteenth Century," Sixteenth Century Journal 19:2 (1988): 209-221 uses a case study to explore the question of how recognizable Jews were as Jews in early modern urban settings and how easily they could "pass" as Gentiles.
Sarah Ifft Decker
Borns Jewish Studies Program
Dear S.J. Crasnow,
See Nechama Tec, Resilience and Courage: Women, Men, and the Holocaust (New Haven, 2003), 205-255; Kerry Wallach, Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany (Ann Arbor, 2015); Lisa Silverman, "Revealing Jews: Culture and Visibility in Modern Central Europe," Shofar, 36,1 (2018): 134-160 (review essay, including further bibliography).
For inscriptions on Islamic pottery, see, inter alia:
Lisa Volov, “Plaited Kufic on Samanid Epigraphic Pottery," Ars Orientalis, 6 (1966): 107-133 (esp. the appendix on p. 133);
Manijeh Bayani, "Inscriptions on Early Islamic Ceramics: 9th to Late 12th Centuries," in Helen Philon, Early Islamic Ceramics: Ninth to Late Twelfth Centuries, [London], 1980, 293-302;
Miriam Katin's graphic memoir, We Are on Our Own (2006), describes her mother's experience passing as a Hungarian peasant during the Holocaust.
Department of English
Jews passing as non-Jews during the Holocaust, either as a survival strategy or by couriers and other resistance members, would be one research direction. Much information could be gleaned from within Holocaust accounts, especially by/about resistance members and survivor testimonies.
Center for Textual Studies