Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel : a Study of Cultural Colonization

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Peter Lang, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 214 pages
Gesher Theatre opened in 1990 as a marginal immigrant troupe in Tel Aviv, and soon became one of the most popular innovative theatres in Israel. It has now achieved international acclaim. However, because its bilingual performances and multicultural cast challenge cornerstones of Zionism, the mainstream Israeli media constantly debate Gesher's position. Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel - A Study of Cultural Colonization discusses Gesher's history and analyzes its controversial media reception. What emerges is an extension of postcolonial theory to new cultural contexts, leading to a groundbreaking model of interethnic relations. This book will be of value to scholars of cultural studies and immigration, as well as to anyone interested in contemporary Israeli culture.

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Contents

Politics of Immigration in Israel
5
RETHINKING COLONIZATION
11
Internal Colonization
17
THE FIRST STEPS
25
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
40
Dreyfus File
49
ON THE ROAD TO FAME
63
The Idiot
65
ALL THE WAY DOWN
149
Eating
153
THE END OF THE OLD ROAD
163
RETRACING THE JOURNEY
177
Budget of the Gesher Theatre in the Years 19914999
183
Repertoire of the Gesher Theatre in Chronological Order
184
Boxoffice Success of Geshers Productions
185
Repertoire of the Gesher Theatre by Cultural Origin of Drama
186

Adam Resurrected
80
THE FIRST PITFALL
99
Tartuffe
102
Village
111
City Odessa Stories
117
City Odessa Stories
120
Three Sisters
133
Don Juan
144
Gesher Theatres Tours Abroad
187
Gesher Troupe in the Years 1991 and 1999
188
Major Israeli Printed Media Included in the Study
190
Unidirectional Colonial Relationships
191
Internal Colonization
192
Mutual and Internal Colonization
193
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The Author: Olga Gershenson is Assistant Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She earned her doctorate in communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her master's in communication and journalism from Hebrew University in Israel, and her bachelor's in Russian philology from Ural State University in Russia. Her research on Israeli cultural studies and critical ethnography has appeared in major academic journals.

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