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Author: Howard Adelman

Title: Servants and Sexuality

Subtitle: Seduction, Surrogacy, and Rape: Some Observations Concerning Class, Gender, and Race in Early Modern Italian Jewish Families

In: Gender and Judaism: The Transformation of Tradition

Edited by: T(amar) M. Rudavsky

Place: New York and London

Publisher: New York University Press

Year: 1995

Pages: 81-97

ISBN-10: 0814774520 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0814774539 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century | European History: Italian History | Cases: Offenders / Jedidiah Luzzatto (Reuven); Cases: Victims / Rachel Foa; Types: Workplace Sexual Violence; Victims: Servants


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Author: Howard Tzvi Adelman, Department of History, Queen's University

Abstract: »That "otherness" extends to all strata of society is demonstrated in Howard Adelman's study of the role of Jewish servant girls employed in the early modern Jewish family; in this study Adelman juxtaposes the categories of class and race alongside those of gender and religion.« (T.M. Rudavsky. »Introduction.« Gender and Judaism: The Transformation of Tradition. Edited by T.M. Rudavsky. New York 1995: xvi)


  Introduction (p. 81)
  Servants and the Family (p. 81)
  Sexual Relations between Servants (p. 84)
  Sexual Relations between Servants and Employers (p. 85)
  Servants as Surrogates (p. 88)
  Charges of Rape (p. 89)
  Black Servants in Jewish Homes (p. 92)
  Conclusions (p. 93)
  Notes (p. 95)


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Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Italy