Staging and Stagers in Modern Jewish Palestine: The Creation of Festive Lore in a New Culture, 1882-1948

Staging and Stagers in Modern Jewish Palestine: The Creation of Festive Lore in a New Culture, 1882-1948

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Wayne State University Press
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Staging and Stagers in Modern Jewish Palestine: The Creation of Festive Lore in a New Culture, 1882-1948

This fascinating case study describes the work of the people responsible for creating festive lore and its system of ceremonies and festivities—an inseparable part of every culture. In the case of the new modern Hebrew culture of Eretz Israel (modern Jewish Palestine)—a society of immigrants that left behind most of their traditional folkways—the creation of festival lore was a conscious and organized process guided by a national ideology and aesthetic values. This creative effort in a secular national society served as an alternative to the traditional religious system, adapted the ceremonies and festivals to a new historical reality, and created a new festival cycle that would give expression and joy to the values and symbols of the new Jewish society.

Staging and Stagers in Modern Jewish Palestine claims that the system of ceremonies and festivals, in general, and each separate ceremony and festival were staged according to the staging instructions written by a defined group of cultural activists. The book examines three main stages—the educational network, rural society (particularly the cooperative sector), and urban society (most notably Tel Aviv)—and looks at the stagers themselves, who were schoolteachers, writers, artists, and cultural activists. Though cultural systems of festivals and ceremonies are often researched and described, scholarly literature rarely identifies their creators or studies in detail the manner in which these systems are created. Staging and Stagers in Modern Jewish Palestine sheds important light on the stagers of modern Jewish Palestine and also on the processes and mechanisms that created the performative lore in other cultures, in ancient as well as modern times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814328453
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Series: Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Part I
1Placing the Stagers on the Cultural Stage: Identifying the Stagers3
2The Setting: Hebrew Culture, Hebrew "Formal Folk Culture," and the Hebrew Stagers14
3Ceremonies and Festivals in Modern Jewish Thinking21
4How Do the Stagers Work? The Mechanism of Innovation29
Part II
5The Missing Stage of Political Culture41
6To Celebrate in the Spirit of the Homeland: Staging School Festivals and Ceremonies48
7The Urban Stagers and the Town as an Open-Air Stage84
8Festivals in the Kibbutz: Stagers and Staging in a Communal Society106
1First Program for a Commemoration of the First Fruits Festivity, 1929131
2Commemoration of the Fruits: Proposal for a Ceremony, 1934134
3Planting on the New Year for Trees (Tu Bishevat), 1930s148
4Program for Purim Festivities in Tel Aviv, 1929154
5A Citizen of Tel Aviv: A Proposal for the Organization of a Purim Carnival, 1931159
6Letter from Members of the Atz-Kotzatz Editorial Board, 1932164
7Letter from Yehudah Nadivi Outlining Proposed Preparations for the Tel Aviv Jubilee Celebrations, 1924168
Selected Bibliography189

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