Rainbow Jews: Jewish and Gay Identity in the Performing Arts

Rainbow Jews: Jewish and Gay Identity in the Performing Arts

by Jonathan C. Friedman
     
 

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Rainbow Jews deals with the intersection of gay and Jewish identity in American and Israeli film and theater, from the 1960s to the present. Its main area of interest is the extent to which Jewish creative voices in the performing arts have constructed multidimensional images of, and a welcoming public space for, the gay, lesbian, and transgendered community as a

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Rainbow Jews deals with the intersection of gay and Jewish identity in American and Israeli film and theater, from the 1960s to the present. Its main area of interest is the extent to which Jewish creative voices in the performing arts have constructed multidimensional images of, and a welcoming public space for, the gay, lesbian, and transgendered community as a whole. Through a close reading of the texts of numerous American and Israeli plays and films (some famous, but mostly lesser known), the author evaluates some of the key conventions and tropes that have been employed to construct, critique, and reflect the social reality of the connection between Jewishness and gay identity in the United States and Israel. Secondarily, the author explores ways in which gay-Jewish playwrights and filmmakers have assisted the re-evaluation of sexual norms within Judaism over the past three decades, inspiring and reinforcing measures across the spectrum of belief geared towards integrating Jewish members of the GLBT community into the overall Jewish historical narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739159903
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
03/26/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
214
File size:
479 KB

Meet the Author

Jonathan C. Friedman is associate professor of history at West Chester University.

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