You Should See Yourself

You Should See Yourself

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The past few decades have seen a remarkable surge in Jewish influences on American culture. Entertainers and artists, such as Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Tony Kushner have heralded new waves of television, film, and theater; a major klezmer revival is under way; bagels are now as commonplace as pizza; and kabalah has become as cool as crystals. Does this broad range of cultural expression accurately reflect what it means to be Jewish in America today? Bringing together fourteen essays by leading scholars, You Should See Yourself examines the fluctuating representations of Jewishness in a variety of areas of popular culture and high art, including literature, the media, film, theater, music, dance, painting, photography, and stand-up comedy. Contributors explore the evolution that has taken place within these cultural forms, whether transformations have been gradual or sudden, and how we can best explain these changes.aquot;Hyperconsciousness, aquot; as I explain in my introductory essay, refers to aquot;a hyperaware- ness on the part of the text itself of its cultural status, function, and history, as well as of the conditions of its circulation and receptionaquot; (see Jim Collins, anbsp;...


Title:You Should See Yourself
Author: Vincent Brook
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2006
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