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Jewish Identities in German Popular Entertainment, 1890–1933

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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521187503

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  • Paying homage to the many ways in which German Jews were instrumental in the birth of an incomparably rich world of popular culture, this study traces the kaleidoscope of challenges, opportunities and paradoxes Jewish men and women faced in their interactions with predominantly gentile audiences. Modern Germany was a society riddled by conflicts and contradictory impulses, continuously torn between desires to reject, control and celebrate individual and collective difference. The book demonstrates how an analysis of popular entertainment can reaveal much about a period of great social and political turmoil.

    • Brings insights into German-Jewish identity and integration
    • Exceptional research on the everyday lives of performers, spectators, and other aspects involved in popular entertainment
    • Written in entertaining, lively prose
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Marlene Otte's book is a welcome contribution to German Studies, Jewish Studies, and the history of popular culture....this articulate, engaging, detailed, and informative study broadens our perspective on German Jewry and our view of popular entertainment in Germany from 1890-1933....The specificity of Otte's topic and case studies allows her to present detailed, thorough research that makes for a fascinating read. Jewish Identities in German Popular Entertainment is a fine piece of work. Readers in many sub-fields of German Studies will find it interesting, well-researched, and clearly argued and will be pleased to use it for their own research as well as in their classes."
    --Valerie Weinstein, University of Nevada, Reno, German Quarterly Book Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521187503
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. 'Ponim et Circenses': Jewish Identities in Circus Entertainment, 1870–1933:
    1. The circus in time and space
    2. Family bonds
    3. Schein und Sein in the circus
    4. Losing common ground
    Part II. Comic Relief: Jewish Identities in Jargon Theater from 1890 to the 1920s:
    5. Tongue in cheek
    6. All in the family
    7. A limited engagement
    8. The gravity of laughter
    Part III. The Loneliness of the Limelight: Jewish Identities in Revue Theater, 1898–1933:
    9. The metropol: between culture and Kapital
    10. Leading characters
    11. Stardom and its discontents
    12. The art of pleasing all.

  • Author

    Marline Otte, Tulane University, Louisiana

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