This was quite a hit during today’s wide-ranging discussion of Jewish orientalism:

[youtube http://youtu.be/q9liNoampOk]

In class, we touched upon the cultural history of “Orientalism“, and covered issues of Jewish (musical) “style” (and the related cultural stereotype of the “artless Jew“), the pursuit of a Moorish (architectural) style in 19th-century European Jewish culture (and the creation of a “usable past”), and began to tackle the “encounters of East and West” that characterize the soundscape of Israel since before the establishment of the State in 1948.

PS If the topic interests you as I suspect it does (based on today’s discussion), you may want to follow the links I nested in this post to unearth some additional resources.

PPS I am grateful to Sharon Bernstein for pointing me to Gershwin’s 1920 party song.

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