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Germans, Jews, and Theater

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Germans, Jews, and Theater
April 19, 2017 4:00 pm
April 19, 2017 5:30 pm
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Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: 912 Sproul

Friedrich Nietzsche asked in 1882,”What good actor today is not a Jew?” This question draws on a long tradition of regarding the Jews’ efforts at integration into the modern world as a mode of dissimulation. In his lecture, Jonathan Hess will explore the real and symbolic roles that the theater played in shaping Jewish identity and the relations between Germans and Jews in the centuries before the Holocaust. Hess will examine antisemitic conceptions of Jews as actors and mimics while also considering the positive role that the theater played in promoting idealized conceptions of Jews and creating a liberal culture of sympathy with Jewish suffering.

This event is sponsored by Department of German and Russian, the Jewish Studies Program, Department of Theater and Dance, Davis Humanities Institute

For more information please contact: Chunjie Zhang, chjzhang@ucdavis.edu

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