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Rebecca Leigh Rossen Pavkovic
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance

I am seeking funding from NEH to complete a book manuscript. Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance fulfills NEH's "Bridging Cultures" initiative by offering a comprehensive history of dance in the United States from the 1920s to the present day which demonstrates that Jewish choreographers have not only been vital contributors to American modern dance, but that they have also played a critical and unacknowledged role in the history of Jews in this nation. By examining the role concert dance has played in the struggle between Jewish identification and integration into American life, my research moves across disciplinary boundaries and contributes to current discussions in the humanities about how cultural identity, nationality, ethnicity, race, and gender are created and performed both on stage and off.

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Project fields:
Dance History and Criticism

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Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2012 – 7/31/2012