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Israeli Theatre
Mizrahi Jews and Self-Representation





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ISBN 9781032007212
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

This book conceptualizes Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) theatre, unfolding its performances in the field of Israeli theatre with a critical gaze. It covers the conceptualization and typology, not along a chronological axis, but rather through seven theatrical forms. The author suggests a defi nition of Mizrahi theatre that has fl uid boundaries and it can encompass various possibilities for self-representation onstage.

Although Mizrahi theatre began to develop in the 1970s, the years since the turn of the millennium have seen an intense flowering of theatrical works by second- and third-generation artists dealing with issues of identity and narrative in a diverse array of forms. Mizrahi theatre is a cultural locus of self-representation, generally created by Mizrahi artists who deal with content, social experiences, cultural, religious, and traditional foundations, and artistic languages derived from the history and social reality of  Mizrahi Jews in both Israel and their Middle Eastern countries of origin.

Critically surveying Mizrahi theatre in Israel, the book is a key resource for students and academics interested in theatre and performance studies, and Jewish and Israeli studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conceptualizing Mizrahi Theatre  1. Community-based Theatre  2. Performing History  3. Docudrama and Social Realism  4. Feminist Theatre  5. Autobiographical Performance  6. Poetry Performance  7. Jewish-Moroccan Theatre  Epilogue: Mizrahi Theatre Between the Personal and the Political

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Biography

Naphtaly Shem-Tov is Senior Lecturer and Head of Literature, Language, and the Arts Department at the Open University of Israel. His main research interest is social aspects of Israeli theatre and performance. His books include Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation ( 2016 ) and Improvisational Teaching (2015).