Jewish studies professor Yudit K. Greenberg has published an essay, “Breaking Taboos: Jewish Women Performing the Vamp on the Indian Screen,” in the fall 2019 issue of the Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies.
In the essay, Greenberg looks at the history and influence of Baghdadi Jewish sitaras, or starlets, who challenged taboos surrounding the representation of gender roles in early Indian cinema. The piece also examines the history of the Jewish community in India in relation to British colonialism and the prevailing Hindu and Muslim cultures that dominated India during the early 20th century.
Greenberg is the George D and Harriet W. Cornell Endowed Chair of Religion and founding director of the Jewish studies program at Rollins. Her work focuses on Jewish thought, women, cross-cultural views of love and the body, gender, sexuality, and interreligious studies.