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Staging the Jew :; the performance of an American ethnicity, 1860-1920

Erdman, Harley

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ISBN 10: 081352413X / ISBN 13: 9780813524139
Published by Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 1997
Used Condition: near fine(-) Hardcover
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Black-cloth octavo; xiv, 221 p ; 24 cm. Lacks DJ. || Contents: Introduction: "The Memory of That Agony" -- 1. Making the Jewish Villain Visible: American Approaches to Shylocks and Sheenies -- 2. Taming the Exotic Jewess: The Rise and Fall of the "Belle Juive" -- 3. Becoming a Jolly Good Fellow: The First Wave of Jewish Comedians -- 4. Managing Power: The Entrance of Jews into the Show Business Mainstream -- 5. Breeding New Generations: Race, Sexuality, and Intermarriage in Progressive Era Performances -- 6. Getting Reformed: The Transition toward Jewish Invisibility in Popular Performance -- App. A. Selected Shtick from Comic Performances Featuring Jewish Characters -- App. B. American Productions of Plays with Jewish Characters, 1860-1920. || American drama -- 19th century -- History and criticism; Jews in literature. Faint fold to spine head folds, barely rubbed corners, else near fine(-). First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # 80905

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Title: Staging the Jew :; the performance of an ...

Publisher: Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:near fine(-)

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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This work attempts to uncover the roots of Jewish characteristion in popular culture by inestigating a forgotten era in American show business. The author examines early Jewish performers who were instrumental in creating the image of the Jew on the American stage and screen. Covering a "forgotten era" in show business, the text takes in broad scope of performance genres and "stars" from M.D. Curtis, David Warfield, director D.W. Griffith and other early Jewish performers to Fanny Brice, Al Jolson and the Marx Brothers to modern performers such as Sarah Berhardt.

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"... a book that brilliantly elucidates the changing nature of Jewish representations on the American ..." -- SUSAN A. GLENN, author of Daughters of the Shtetl: Life and Labor in the Immigrant Generation

"... a strikingly different kind of theater history..." -- ELLEN DONKIN, Hampshire College

"A compelling application of Butler's notion of performance to changing constructions of the Jew' on the mainstream American stage." -- BRUCE McCONACHIE, University of Pittsburgh

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