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By Heather Nathans

ISBN-10: 0472130307

ISBN-13: 9780472130306

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

Using an eclectic diversity of assets together with theatrical reports, 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 replied to those stereotypes onstage, from the earliest visual appeal of Shylock on an American level 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 degree Jew.

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