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It Could Lead to DancingMixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity$
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Sonia Gollance

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781503613492

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503613492.001.0001

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The Ballroom

The Ballroom

Questions of Admission and Exclusion

(p.93) Chapter 4 The Ballroom
It Could Lead to Dancing

Sonia Gollance

Stanford University Press

Participation in social dancing was an important marker in the Jewish process of embourgeoisement. European Jewish literary texts portray the ballroom as site for testing Jewish admission to elite pastimes and present the ball as a window into Jewish cultural aspirations. The question of whether both Jews and Christians are included in these social spaces is an important issue in many of these texts, revealing the way the dance floor shows gendered pathways to acculturation. Authors frequently underscore this theme by using the dance floor in the service of (unsuccessful) marriage plots. This chapter explores two types of ballroom space: elite non-Jewish balls to which only very select Jews were invited (such as in Karl Emil Franzos’s Judith Trachtenberg, 1891) and Jewish balls that might also include non-Jewish guests (such as in Clementine Krämer’s Der Weg des jungen Hermann Kahn, The Path of Young Hermann Kahn, 1918).

Keywords:   balls, Congress of Vienna, Karl Emil Franzos, Orthodox fiction, Israel Zangwill, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Amy Levy, Clementine Krämer

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