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A Hebrew Take on Shylock on the New York Stage

Shylock ‘47 at the Pargod Theatre (1947)

Edna Nahshon

Shylock’47 , a production of the Pargod Theatre 1 , opened on 27 May 1947 in New York City at the Juilliard School of Music, with subsequent performances at the Masters Institute. Staged entirely in Hebrew, it was a bold and pioneering

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Commoning in New York City, Barcelona, and Paris

Notes and observations from the field

Ida Susser

This article analyzes the emergence of the squares movement—such as Occupy Wall Street in New York City, the 15 May in Barcelona, and Nuit Debout in Paris—as a new form of “commoning.” The argument is that this commoning, characterized by an

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Jennifer Foster

This paper considers the transformation of two decommissioned rail lines, in Paris and New York City, into ecologically-oriented green space. Situating the restoration of these rail lines within dominant trajectories of urbanization helps to understand how ecological restoration projects may function as financial instruments that intensify experiences of social injustice. This paper considers how the design and aesthetics of New York's High Line and Paris' Sentier Nature construct ecologies that also produce environmental subjectivities, and how these spaces reflect uneven investment in nature across urban landscapes. While the two case studies are aesthetically distinct, they are both woven into existing global patterns of urban transformation, and their evolution from disused industrial space to public park shares an emotional attachment to safety that demands removal of threatening inhabitants.

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Edward Kasinec

This research report is based on one of the three known copies of the album of photographs ascribed in bibliography to Baron von Brandis's The Countries of the Amur, Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia and the Urals, 1860-1866. This American copy was offered for sale in October, 2008 at Bloomsbury Auctions, New York, but was passed and bought in-house. The 371 photographs in the album document a six-year photographic expedition from the Amur to the Urals. This report contextualizes the place of the album in Russia's political and economic history, as well as notes its importance as a source that enhances our appreciation of the visual culture of the Urals, Siberia, and the Amur regions. The report also speculates on some of the motivations of the expedition, the targeted audience for the album, and Brandis's collaborators.

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The Shtetl in New York

The Poet Malka Lee

Esther Jonas-Maertin

In the centre of this article is a female poet rooted in a long tradition of Yiddish literature. Since these roots are essential for understanding her work, I will give a short introduction to Yiddish language and literature, followed by a biographical sketch of the life of Malka Lee. The aim of the research and the biography is to consider the thematically selected poems and interpret them as the poetic reflections of a woman of the twentieth century.

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Alain Corbin

Vous admettrez aisément que je n’ai pas manqué d’éprouver, au cours de ces deux journées, un sentiment mêlé de surprise et d’étrangeté. Étant loin d’estimer mon travail digne d’une telle attention, je suis très touché du regard porté sur lui par l’ensemble des participants à cette réunion. Cela dit, Priscilla Ferguson nous a proposé une explication de l’intérêt paradoxal suscité par mes travaux: la Frenchness de mes French Stories ferait que mes livres plaisent aux lecteurs anglo-saxons, ou les agacent.

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Not That Grateful

Survivor Resistance in Rape Culture

Janet Wesselius

Gay, Roxane, ed. 2018. Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture . New York: Harper. “I will not be grateful” says Claire Schwartz. Many of the 29 pieces in Roxanne Gay's anthology, Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture , make clear

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Benedict O'Donahoe

The autumn of 1998 saw a fiftieth anniversary revival of Sartre’s Les Mains sales at the Théâtre Antoine in Paris, complete with facsimile programme of its premiere, placing emphasis upon the chequered history of this controversial play. The review in Le Monde also privileged an account of the political context of the play’s creation over an assessment of the production’s virtues: ‘Nous regardons la photo un peu passée de ce qui nous avait secoués.’ This reception suggests that Sartre the dramatist is already remembered chiefly as the author of circumstantial and thesis plays whose interest depended largely upon their historical moment. It is noticeable that other pastmasters, more ‘past’ than Sartre – Molière, Racine, Feydeau – attracted greater critical attention in the Parisian rentrée of that year, as did one near-anagrammatic contemporary, Nathalie Sarraute.

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Katy Lewis

Gilmore, Leigh, and Elizabeth Marshall. 2019. Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing . New York: Fordham University Press. In Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing , Leigh

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Tru Leverette and Barbara Mennel

Zélie Asava. Mixed Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamics in America and France (New York Bloomsbury, 2017). 216 pp., ISBN: 1501312456 (paperback: $35.96) Reviewed by Tru Leverette On the cusp of the twenty-first century, Danzy Senna