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Performing Difference: Representations of 'The Other' in Film and Theatre by Ilan Avisar

Performing Difference is a compilation of seventeen essays from some of the leading scholars in history, criticism, film, and theater studies. Each author examines the portrayal of groups and individuals that have been traditionally marginalized or excluded from dominant historical narratives. As a meeting point of several fields of study, this book is organized around three meta-themes: race, gender, and genocide. Included are analyses of films and theatrical productions from the United States, as well as essays on cinema from Southern and Central America, Europe, and the Middle East. Topically, the contributing authors write about the depiction of race, ethnicities, gender and sexual orientation, and genocides. This volume assesses how the performing arts have aided in the social construction of the "other" in differing contexts. Its fundamental premise is that performance is powerful, and its unifying thesis is that the arts remain a major forum for advancing a more nuanced and humane vision of social outcasts, not only in the realm of national imaginations, but in social relations as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761841548
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/24/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Friedman is director of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and associate professor of history at West Chester University. He has worked as a historian at both the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He is the author of four books: most recently The Literary, Cultural, and Historical Significance of the 1937 Biblical Stage Play, The Eternal Road (2004), and Rainbow Jews: Gay and Jewish Identity in the Performing Arts (2007).

Table of Contents

Part 1 Section I - Race and Ethnicity Chapter 2 1. Jonathan C. Friedman, "A Conscience for Hollywood? The 'Societal Issue' Films of Twentieth Century Fox, 1947-1950" Chapter 3 2. Dalton Anthony Jones, "Grounding Race: Powder and the Shifting Terrain of Whiteness" Chapter 4 3. Paul Pfeiffer, "Shylock: Shakespeare's Sympathetic 'Other'" Chapter 5 4. Tia Malkin-Fontecchio, "The 'New Marginality': Representations of the Favela in Recent Brazilian Cinema" Chapter 6 5. Margarete Landwehr, "Liminal Spaces in Fatih Akin's Gegen die Wand/ Head On: Orientalism vs. Globalization Chapter 7 6. Raz Yosef, "Fantasies of Loss: Melancholia and Ethnicity in Israeli Cinema" Chapter 8 7. Jun Xing, "Cinematic Asian Representation in Hollywood" Chapter 9 8. Bonnie Morris, "Passing: A Reading on a Jewish Woman's Identity" Part 10 Section II - Gender and Sexual Orientation Chapter 11 9. Melissa Ziobro, "This Manifest Idignity: Hollywood's Portrayal of the Gender Integration of the Armed Forces in the World War II Era" Chapter 12 10. John M. Clum, "Batting for the Other Team: Masculinity, Homosexuality, and Sports in Contemporary Drama and Film" Chapter 13 11. Geetha Ramanathan, "Mestiza Feminisms and Julie Taymor's Frida" Chapter 14 12. Jonathan C. Friedman, "The Problematic Ethnic and Sexual Discourses of Eytan Fox's The Bubble" Part 15 Section III - The Holocaust, War, and Genocide Chapter 16 13. Ilan Avisar, "Time and Representation: Generic Transformations and Historicist Interpretations of Holocaust Films" Chapter 17 14. John J. Michalczyk and Susan A. Michalczyk, "The Bystander and the Other in Holocaust Films" Chapter 18 15. Christopher Thomas, "Fiend, Foe and Friend: The German Image in American World War II Films" Chapter 19 16. Edward C. Hanes, "Representations of Genocide in Recent Films" Chapter 20 17. William L. Hewitt, "Genocide and Redemption in the Modern Western"

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