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Theatrical Liberalism: Jews and Popular Entertainment in America

Andrea Most


For centuries, Jews were one of the few European cultures without any official public theatrical tradition. Yet in the modern era, Jews were among the most important creators of popular theater and film—especially in America. Why? This book illustrates how American Jews used the theatre and other media to navigate their encounters with modern culture, politics, religion, and identity, negotiating a position for themselves within and alongside Protestant American liberalism by reimagining key aspects of traditional Judaism as theatrical. Discussing works as diverse as the Hebrew Bible, The Jazz ... More

Keywords: American Jews, Judaism, theatre, film, American popular culture, Jewish liberalism, Jewish worldview

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814708194
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Most, author