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Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance (Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology) Hardcover – June 15, 2011
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Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance is a work of great originality and importance, not only to the world of dance but to the study of global Jewish culture and the arts. Its scope and depth are remarkable, and its combination of photography and scholarship is nothing short of thrilling. --Riv-Ellen Prell, professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and editor of Women Remaking American Judaism (Wayne State University Press, 2007)
Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance is at once both cinematic and diasporic. It is part academic travelogue, part historical manifesto, and part home movie, if home was all of Jewish culture across all of history. It intermingles the religious and secular practices of dance into a hybrid and fluid Jewishness: one with porous boundaries and a shifting sense of self, identity, and purpose. In this collection of original and sometimes daring research, dance is framed as celebratory and artistic, decorative and efficacious, a kind of both/and construction which the authors liberally mine for its essential Jewishness and its contribution to the central issues surrounding Jewish identity, as both a part of and apart from the State of Israel. Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance will undoubtedly inspire debate, critique, and hopefully the publication of other texts that further explore dance in the frame of an ever-shifting Jewish identity. --Douglas Rosenberg, professor and director of the Conney Project on Jewish Arts at the University of Wisconsin, Madison