Forging a Hero for a Jewish Stage: Goldfadn's Bar Kokhba
L, Seth, Shofar
The emergence of Jewish theater under Abraham Goldfadn permitted an esthetic recuperation of the Past not outside of history as in Biblical Purimshpils but inside history. Goldfadn wanted his audience to retrieve from the stage their lost memory of Jewish sovereignty and in the case of his play, Bar Kokhba, recover an image of Jewish dignity and nobility and a model of Jewish heroics for the present: a Jewish military hero. The old/new Jewish hero reflects the aristocratic ideals drawn from Western theatrical traditions but made "Jewish" by its placement in an Israelite setting: the Romantic hero leading his people to defeat Rome and to establish independence. The play, constructed on the …
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Publication information: Article title: Forging a Hero for a Jewish Stage: Goldfadn's Bar Kokhba. Contributors: L, Seth - Author. Journal title: Shofar. Volume: 20. Issue: 4 Publication date: Summer 2002. Page number: 53. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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