Prof. Kerry Wallach awarded Women in German Dissertation Prize for 2012

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Professor Kerry Wallach's dissertation, "Observable Type: Jewish Women and the Jewish Press in Weimar Germany" (University of Pennsylvania, 2011) was awarded the Women in German Dissertation Prize for 2012. The prize was conferred at the annual conference of the Women in German (WiG) professional organization in October 2012. The prize committee noted the following:

"Wallach uses the Bubikopf [pageboy] wig as trope to interpret a wide range of literature, film, and various forms of print media in which women's self-fashioning simultaneously masked and articulated a Jewish identity. She draws on an astonishing range of previously un-mined archival material to chart new territory in the fields of German-Jewish Studies and more generally Cultural Studies. Throughout Wallach demonstrates an impressive knowledge of Weimar discourses on Jewishness, gender, and the meanings of modernity. All three members of the WiG dissertation prize committee found her work to be highly engaging and fascinating."
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