Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance

Paperback | June 18, 2014

byRebecca Rossen

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While Jews are commonly referred to as the "people of the book," American Jewish choreographers have consistently turned to dance as a means to articulate personal and collective identities; tangle with stereotypes; advance social and political agendas; and imagine new possibilities forthemselves as individuals, artists, and Jews. Dancing Jewish delineates this rich history, demonstrating that Jewish choreographers have not only been vital contributors to American modern and postmodern dance, but that they have also played a critical and unacknowledged role in the history of Jewsin the United States. A dancer and choreographer, as well as an historian, author Rebecca Rossen offers evocative analyses of dances while asserting the importance of embodied methodologies to academic research. Featuring over fifty images, a companion website, and key works from 1930 to 2005 by a wide range of artists -including David Dorfman, Dan Froot, David Gordon, Hadassah, Margaret Jenkins, Pauline Koner, Dvora Lapson, Liz Lerman, Sophie Maslow, Anna Sokolow, and Benjamin Zemach - Dancing Jewish offers a comprehensive framework for interpreting performance and establishes dance as a crucial site in whichAmerican Jews have grappled with cultural belonging, personal and collective histories, and the values that bind and pull them apart.

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While Jews are commonly referred to as the "people of the book," American Jewish choreographers have consistently turned to dance as a means to articulate personal and collective identities; tangle with stereotypes; advance social and political agendas; and imagine new possibilities forthemselves as individuals, artists, and Jews. Danc...

Rebecca Rossen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199791775

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPrelude: Make Me a Jewish DanceAct I: Dancing the Jew1. The Dancing Jew(ess): Ethnic Ambiguity and Hasidic Drag2. Biblical Heroines and Anti-Heroines3. The Jewish Man and His Dancing ShtickEntr'acte: Make Me a Jewish DanceAct II: Dancing Jewish4. Dancing Folk: Jewish Memory and Amnesia5. Dancing Zionism, Embodying ConflictConclusion: Dancing Jewish, Dancing AmericanCurtain Call: Dance Me My Jewish DanceBibliographyIndex