Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-182) and index.
Knowledge and nakedness : Eve in the garden of signs -- Sarah's laughter : matriarchal incoherence and the vexed sign of woman -- Passing as a man : patriarchal gender performances -- Leah behind the veil : sex with sisters from the Bible through Woody Allen -- Coats and tales : Joseph and myths of Jewish masculinity -- Miriam's fluid identity -- Bedrooms and battlefields : command performances of femininity -- Other boundary crossings : of talking beasts and bodies fragmented -- Oy! was that a close call : Ruth and the fundamental Jewish story.
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