Download e-book for kindle: Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish by Heather Nathans

By Heather Nathans

ISBN-10: 0472130307

ISBN-13: 9780472130306

While scuffling with unfavorable stereotypes, American Jews carved out new roles for themselves in the first theatrical entertainments in the United States. Jewish electorate have been energetic as performers, playwrights, critics, managers, and theatrical shareholders, and sometimes tied their involvement in those endeavors to the patriotic rhetoric of the younger republic as they struggled to set up themselves within the new country. analyzing play texts, theatrical reports, political discourse, and public performances of Jewish rights and rituals, Hideous Characters and gorgeous Pagans argues that Jewish level kinds make clear our realizing of the prestige of Jewish americans in the course of a serious historic period.

Using an eclectic diversity of assets together with theatrical stories, diaries, letters, cartoons, portraiture, tax files, rumors flying round the tavern, and extra, Heather S. Nathans has listened for the echoes of vanished audiences who witnessed and spoke back to those stereotypes onstage, from the earliest visual appeal of Shylock on an American degree in 1752 to Jewish theater artists at the eve of the Civil conflict. The booklet integrates social, political, and cultural histories, with an exam of these texts (both dramatic and literary) that formed the level Jew.

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