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The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema: Book by Nathan Abrams

The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema

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ISBN: 9781848855755    Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd Year of publishing: 2011     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 272        Language: English
Jewish film characters have existed almost as long as the medium itself. But around 1990, films about Jews and their representation in cinema multiplied and took on new forms, marking a radical rupture...Read more
Jewish film characters have existed almost as long as the medium itself. But around 1990, films about Jews and their representation in cinema multiplied and took on new forms, marking a radical rupture with the past. With a new generation of Jewish filmmakers, writers and actors at work, contemporary cinemas in Hollywood and the rest of the world have been depicting a multiplicity of new Jews, including tough Jews, brutish Jews, gay and lesbian Jews, Jewish cowboys, skinheads and superheroes, Jews in space and so on. Grounded in the study of over 300 films from Hollywood and beyond, 'The New Jew in FIlm' explores these new and changing depictions of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism, providing a wider, more representative picture of the subject than has hitherto been attempted. This is a compelling, surprising and provocative book, whose chapters explore masculinity, femininity, passivity, agency, religion, as well as a departure into new territory including food and bathrooms.
Its concern is to reveal how the representation of the Jew is used to convey confidence or anxieties about Jewish identity and history, as well as how it engages with questions of racial, sexual and gender politics. In so doing, 'The New Jew in Film' also provides a welcome overview of important Jewish films produced globally over the last twenty years.
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About the author: Nathan Abrams
Nathan Abrams is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Bangor University.

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Review:
Thorough, insightful, and solidly theorized, "The New Jew in Film" more than picks up where Erens and Friedman left off. Besides its international reach, the book opens--especially in its religion,...Read more
Thorough, insightful, and solidly theorized, "The New Jew in Film" more than picks up where Erens and Friedman left off. Besides its international reach, the book opens--especially in its religion, food, and toilet sections--significant new areas of ethnic-based investigation."--Vincent Brook"author of Driven to Darkness: Jewish migr Directors and the Rise of Film Noir" (07/26/2011)
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