Scholars 2008

2008 Past - Creative Rendering of the Past - Literature, Theater, Film

Lipshitz Yair

Tel Aviv University, Department of Theatre Arts

"The Body as Hermeneutical Site for Jewish Textual Culture in Theater and Drama"

Update: 5/2018

Following two years as a Mandel post-doctoral fellow in Scholion, the Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Lipshitz joined the Department of Theatre Arts in Tel Aviv University in 2013, as a Senior Lecturer. He currently teaches at the theatre departments of both institutions. 

His main field of research is the various intersections between theatre, performance and Jewish religious traditions. He's published two books in Hebrew: "The Holy Tongue, Comedy's Version: Intertextual Dramas on the Stage of 'A Comedy of Betrothal'" (2010) and "Embodied Tradition: Theatrical Performances of Jewish Texts" (2016), as well as numerous papers dealing with topics ranging from the Torah Scroll as stage prop in Yiddish drama to the reception of King Lear in Hebrew theatre, and from the reactivation of rabbinic spaces in modern performance art to the queering of Scripture in Angels in America. His most recent project explores the interplay between messianic traditions and theatrical temporalities in modern Jewish drama and theatre. 

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