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Theatrical Liberalism
Author: Andrea Most

ISBN: 9780814708194
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 5 May 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1
Description:
Finalist for the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, American Jewish Studies For centuries, Jews were one of the few European cultures without any official public theatrical tradition. Yet in the modern era, Jews were among the most important creators of popular theater and film-especially in America. Why? In Theatrical Liberalism, Andrea Most illustrates howAmerican Jews used the theatre and other media to navigate their encounterswith modern culture, politics, religion, and identity,negotiating a position for themselves within and alongside Protestant Americanliberalism by reimagining key aspects of traditional Judaism astheatrical. Discussing works as diverse as the Hebrew Bible,TheJazz Singer, and Death of a Salesman-among many others-Most situates Americanpopular culture in the multiple religious traditions that informed theworldviews of its practitioners. Offering a comprehensive history of the role of Judaism in thecreation of American entertainment,Theatrical Liberalism re-examines the distinction between the secular and the religio...

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