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Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema

by Barbara Hales

Part of the Film Europa Series

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema Synopsis

The burgeoning film industry in the Weimar Republic was, among other things, a major site of German-Jewish experience, one that provided a sphere for Jewish outsiders to shape mainstream culture. The chapters collected in this volume deploy new historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to understanding the significant involvement of German Jews in Weimar cinema. Reflecting upon different conceptions of Jewishness - as religion, ethnicity, social role, cultural code, or text - these studies offer a wide-ranging exploration of an often overlooked aspect of German film history.

Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema Press Reviews

An important contribution to an understanding of filmmaking in Germany during the Weimar Republic. This volume offers a multi-faceted, in-depth investigation into the Jewish presence in Weimar cinema both on screen, in various genres, and off screen through biographical sketches and film reviews. Barbara Kosta, University of Arizona Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Film makes a significant and welcome contribution to the study of Weimar film, to German film studies in general, and to German Jewish studies. It presents detailed research and analysis of important Weimar films, artists, and critics; most of them have not been examined in much detail by other scholars, and when they have been, they have rarely been analyzed in relation to Jewishness, a concept that this volume explores in a very nuanced manner. Rick McCormick, University of Minnesota

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789208726
Publication date: 30th November 2020
Author: Barbara Hales
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 388 pages
Categories: Film theory & criticism, Social & cultural history, Cultural studies,

About Barbara Hales

Barbara Hales is an Associate Professor of History and Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her publications focus on film history of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. She co-edited a volume entitled Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema 1928-1936 for Camden House in 2016 (with Mihaela Petrescu and Valerie Weinstein). Dr. Hales is President of the Houston based organization, Center for Medicine After the Holocaust. Valerie Weinstein is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Niehoff Professor in Film and Media Studies, and affiliate faculty in German Studies and Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She ...

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