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Theatrical LiberalismJews and Popular Entertainment in America$
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Andrea Most

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708194

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708194.001.0001

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The Theatricality of Everyday Life

The Theatricality of Everyday Life

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Theatrical Liberalism

Andrea Most

NYU Press

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the values of theatrical liberalism caught the imagination of Jewish social scientists, who found it useful for explaining everyday behavior. At the same time, a newly emerging Jewish ethnic pride led to a celebration of “authentic” Jewishness in popular culture. This chapter explores the tension between these two impulses in the work of Erving Goffman, Sid Caesar's early television sketches, and the musicals My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, and Fiddler on the Roof. The debates over theatricality and authenticity reached a peak in the later 1960s and 1970s as theatrical activity spilled off of stages and screens, and boundaries between audiences and performers disintegrated.

Keywords:   theatrical liberalism, American Jews, Jewish ethnic pride, popular culture, Erving Goffman, Sid Caesar, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof

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