From Stereotype to Metaphor: The Jew in Contemporary Drama

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SUNY Press, 1982 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 276 pages
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Who is a Jew? What is a Jew? In this all-encompassing study, Dr. Schiff probes these questions to help explain the prominence of Jewish characters in drama since World War II. The Jew has evolved into one of the most popular personages on the contemporary stage.Dramatists, both Jew and Gentile, in the United States and Europe, have been mining recently introduced concepts of the Jew to create a highly diversified and unfamiliar breed of dramatis personae.

 

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Contents

Introduction The Tradition of the Stage Jew
1
Updating Traditions
37
Modern Heroes of Biblical Drama
39
Myths and Stock Types
68
The Jew as Other
96
The Jew in a Jewish World
115
The New Jew
147
The Jew and Other Outsiders
153
Crises of Conscience and of Consciousness
174
The Jew as Metaphor
211
Conclusion
243
Notes
248
Bibliography
261
Index
271
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About the author (1982)

Ellen Schiff is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at North Adams State College. She has published widely on modern theater and the depictions of Jews and minorities in contemporary drama.

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