Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business [NOOK Book]


Collects leading scholars’ insight on the plays, production, music, audiences, and political and aesthetic concerns of modern Yiddish theater.
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Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business

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Collects leading scholars’ insight on the plays, production, music, audiences, and political and aesthetic concerns of modern Yiddish theater.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814337196
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 396
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Joel Berkowitz is the director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He is the author of Shakespeare on the American Yiddish Stage, editor of Yiddish Theatre: New Approaches, and co-editor of Landmark Yiddish Plays: A Critical Anthology.

Barbara Henry is associate professor of Russian literature in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and an affiliate of the Jewish studies program at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her study Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama was published by the University of Washington Press in 2011.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Note on Transliteration ix

Introduction Joel Berkowitz Barbara Henry 1

Part I Origins, Influences, and Evolution

1 Between Two Worlds: Antitheatricality and the Beginnings of Modern Yiddish Theatre Jeremy Dauber 27

2 The Salon and the Tavern: Yiddish Folk Poetry of the Nineteenth Century Alyssa Quint 40

3 Jacob Gordin in Russia: Fact and Fiction Barbara Henry 64

Part II Toward a Jewish Stage

4 Translations of Karl Gutzkow's Uriel Acosta as Iconic Moments in Yiddish Theatre Seth L. Wolitz 87

5 "Cosmopolitan" or "Purely Jewish?": Zygmunt Turkow and the Warsaw Yiddish Art Theatre Miroslawa M. Bulat 116

6 From Boston to Mississippi on the Warsaw Yiddish Stage Jeffrey Veidlinger 136

Part III Authors, Actors, and Audiences

7 Patriotn and Their Stars: Male Youth Culture in the Galleries of the New York Yiddish Theatre Nina Warnke 161

8 Liquor and Leisure: The Business of Yiddish Vaudeville Judith Thissen 184

9 "Gvald, Yidn, Buena Genre": level Katz, Yiddish Bard of the Rio de la Plata Zachary M. Baker 202

Part IV Recoveries and Reconstructions

10 Reconstructing a Yiddish Theatre Score: Giacomo Minkowski and His Music to Alexander; or, the Crown Prince of Jerusalem Ronald Robboy 225

11 Sex and Scandal in the Encyclopedia of the Yiddish Theatre Faith Jones 251

12 Joy to the Goy and Happiness to the Jew: Communist and Jewish Aspirations in a Postwar Purimshpil Annette Aronowicz 275

13 No Raisins and Almonds in the Land of Israel: A Tale of Goldfaden Productions Featuring Four Hotsmakhs, Three Kuni-Lemls, Two Shulamits, and One Messiah Donny Inbar 295

Notes on Contributors 321

Bibliography 325

Acknowledgments 367

Index 371

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