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Jargon Theatre
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Jargon theatre developed during the 19th century in the urban centers of Europe and flourished around the turn of the 20th century. Performed in a Yiddish-tinged mixed language, it provided popular entertainment on the basis of a specific humor that addressed social conflicts in the light of the progressing modernization of the living environment. A paradigmatic example of jargon theatre was the theatre of the Herrnfeld brothers in Berlin.

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The designation “jargon theatre” is deriv…

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Marx, Peter W., “Jargon Theatre”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0342>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20191110

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