Corporeal Zionism: The reinvention of the Jewish physique



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Dr Nina Spiegel, assistant professor of Israel Studies at Portland State University, and author of the recently published Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, athletics and dance in the Jewish community of mandate Palestine, tells us about the corporeal aspect of the Zionist project – how together with the reinvention of the Jew, his physique was also reinvented.


This is an excerpt. Listen to the full episode of The Tel Aviv Review.


Photo: Folk dancing during the 1947 Dalia Festival. Credit: Zoltan Kluger. Israeli Government Press Office.

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