Some Thoughts on the Schlemiel’s (Political) Body and Benjamin Balthaser’s Recent Essay: “From Schlemiel to Super Hero: Volodmir Zelensky and the Price of Western Inclusion”

As the crisis in the Ukraine has grown, I – like millions of other people – have become very interested in the meaning of Volodmir Zelensky’s journey to becoming the hero of the West in the drama of war. What interests me most, as a scholar of the schlemiel and a schlemiel theorist, is the […]

A Shtreimel in the Mud: The Schlemiel, the Mensch & Freud’s Male Fantasies

Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche are often seen by academics as figures of modernity. Their thoughts and writings have touched countless scholars who have seen the Modern world through their lenses. One can also read the schlemiel and this characters Jewishness through them, even if it is – as is the case with all of them […]