Les Juifs et la culture populaire dans la Tchécoslovaquie des années 1960

Une conférence d’Ilana Miller (Université de Chicago) dans le cadre du séminaire d’histoire moderne des Juifs de l’Institut d’histoire contemporaine de l’AV ČR et le CEFRES en partenariat avec le Musée juif de Prague.

: bibliothèque du CEFRES – Na Florenci 3, 110 00 Prague 1
Quand : 17h – 19h
Langue : anglais

Résumé en anglais

Was there such a thing as “Jewish popular culture” under communism? In this presentation, I use data collected from the publishing and film industries to examine moments of increased popularity in Jewish themes in Czechoslovak culture. While the rapid rise in interest in Jewish themes in post-communist culture has been written about extensively, few have taken seriously the possibility of widespread interest in Jewish themes under communism. By examining trends in mainstream literary and cinematic culture, I show that the 1960’s boom in interest in Jewish themes rivalled the post-communist period. While the post-communist period was heavily influenced by foreign and external cultural trends, communist era literature and films were far more domestic—both in their creation as well as in their themes and focus. Using distribution and publication data, reviews, movie posters and illustrations, this presentation explores the characteristics and qualities of Jewish popular culture under communism, particularly the role that Jewish themes played during the era of communist reform.

Illustrations by Zdeněk Chotěnovský from Hana Bělohradská, Bez krásy, bez límce (1964).