Edna Nahshon is Associate Professor of Hebrew at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She served as Chair of the Hebrew Department from 1990 to 1998. Her field is Jewish theater and performance. Her books include Yiddish Proletarian Theatre: The Art and Politics of the Artef, 1925-1940 (Greenwood, 1998) and From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot: Israel Zangwill's Jewish Plays (Wayne State University Press, 2005). She is currently editing a collection of essays titled Jewish Theatre (forthcoming, Brill Academic Publishers), and is working on her next book project, Spectacular Justice: Mock Trials and Public Jewish Discourse. She recently guest edited a special issue of American Jewish History, "Jews and Performance" (July 2004). She also wrote the main entry on Yiddish theater, as well as nearly all the individual entries on Yiddish and Hebrew theater, in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (Oxford University Press, 2003) and chapters in The Politics of Yiddish (1998), Yiddish Language and Culture Then and Now (1998), and Di Froyen: Women and Yiddish (1997).
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