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Yiddish Theatre: New Approaches [Paperback]

By Joel Berkowitz (Editor)
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'Carefully and lovingly edited . . . The scholarship is impeccable, and the contributors all serious scholars.' S. Gittleman, Choice 'One the book's best attributes is the ability of its contributors to place their subjects within larger European contexts . . . the calibre of the contributions is high, demonstrating the degree to which Yiddish theatre is attracting the attention of serious scholars . . . [the book] succeeds not only in its goal of presenting some of the most important new scholarship on Yiddish theatre, but more importantly in helping to bring the study of this integral component of Jewish culture into wider academic circles and into a more complex scholarly discourse.' Jeffrey Veidlinger, Shofar 'A landmark in the field of Yiddish cultural history . . . a thought-provoking book, which will hopefully inspire new collective volumes and monographs.' Gennady Estraikh, East European Jewish Affairs 'A stimulating and encouraging book that I am happy to recommend to the specialist and the curious reader alike.' Yana Meerzon, Modern Language Review This book considers Yiddish theatre from a number of aspects: its historical development, its popular and critical reception, and the practice and consequences of state censorship. Its coverage ranges from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century and extends to locations as diverse as Cracow, London, Moscow, New York, St Petersburg, Vienna, and Warsaw. Yiddish Theatre not only presents a wide-ranging study of the field but also helps illustrate the significance of Yiddish theatre as a vital form of expression in the Jewish world: it has not only provided entertainment for audiences on six continents, but has also highlighted the social, political, religious, and economic concerns that Jews considered of vital interest. Yiddish Theatre is a valuable resource for scholars, university students, and general readers interested both in Yiddish theatre specifically and related fields such as Jewish literature and culture, east European history and culture, and European and American theatre. The book contains an extensive bibliography of sources relating to all aspects of Yiddish theatre. Contributors: Ahuva Belkin, Joel Berkowitz, Paola Bertolone, Miroslawa M. Bulat, Brigitte Dalinger, Barbara Henry, John Klier, David Mazower, Leonard Prager, Nahma Sandrow, Nina Warnke, Seth L. Wolitz

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Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
ISBN  190411377X  
ISBN13  9781904113775  

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Joel Berkowitz currently resides in Albany, in the state of New York. Joel Berkowitz was born in 1965.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Performing Arts > Theater > General
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Performing Arts > Theater > History & Criticism
3Books > Subjects > History > Jewish > General
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Drama > Continental European
5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Jewish
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General

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Marvelous!  Oct 3, 2005
It has been years since the publication of a significant collection of essays on the Yiddish theater--and never before has such a collection been produced in English. All of the essays here are readable and worthwhile. They deal with theater history from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, in a number of different countries. As someone with an amateur's interest in such material, I was constantly amazed by the revelations the authors came up with, and both the depth and breadth of their scholarship. The book also has an extremely useful introduction that surveys the state of the field, and an unbelievably extensive bibliography. Who knew that so much has been published about the Yiddish theater?
An outstanding collection  Apr 14, 2004
The quality of these essays is uniformly high, and they cover aspects of Yiddish performance in several countries and in different periods, from the medieval Purim play to post-Holocaust London. Growing up in a home full of Yiddish enthusiasts and hearing countless stories of the great stars, it is refreshing to be exposed to other dimensions of that culture, from the bawdy language of the Purim plays to the censorship of Yiddish theater in the Soviet Union (and in London!) to the many intersections between Yiddish drama and European drama.

Berkowitz's introduction does a great job of tying various themes in the book together, and of concisely explaining how Yiddish theater reflects the broader story of eastern European Jews. The photographs are stunning as well! A little pricey, but better one great expensive book than two cheap mediocre ones, so buy it, and buy one for a friend!


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