Entertaining America Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting

ISBN-10: 0691113025
ISBN-13: 9780691113029
Edition: 2003
List price: $55.00
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Description: Entertaining Americais a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book  More...

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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.25" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.850

Entertaining Americais a captivating look at one of the longest-running and most provocative public discussions in America: the relationship between the nation's Jews and its entertainment media. This colorfully written, lavishly illustrated book surveys how Jews have participated in--and been identified with--American movies, radio, and television from the nickelodeon era at the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. Throughout, the tone is lively, the design is playful, and key points are visually enhanced by stills, publicity photos, and memorabilia. This anthology of original analyses and primary texts covers a wide range of topics, including the multiple versions ofThe Jazz Singer, the saga of the Hollywood movie moguls, the irrepressible Goldbergs of radio and television fame, the representation of the Holocaust, how Charlie Chaplin and other non-Jewish stars became "virtual Jews," and the dazzling success of the television seriesSeinfeld. There is also an illustrated gallery of more than twenty Jewish-American stars from Theda Bara to Adam Sandler. The principal authors, J. Hoberman and Jeffrey Shandler, examine not only the history of Jews in the industry but also the steady stream of richly varied voices that have had something to say about this history--in fan magazines as well as literary fiction, by religious and political leaders as well as journalists, historians, and Jews in the entertainment business themselves. Entertaining America, which accompanies an exhibition opening at The Jewish Museum, is itself tremendously entertaining while providing the most expansive, authoritative look at this fascinating subject. In its pages, readers will find ample material to help them formulate their own responses to this frank, contentious, multilayered discussion. EXHIBITION SCHEDULE The Jewish Museum, New York February 21 - September 14, 2003 The Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore October 16, 2003 - January 18, 2004

Hasia R. Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judiac Studies at New York University. She has taught American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at Johns Hopkins.Jeffrey Shandler is assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.

Introduction: Entertaining "Entertaining America"
Nickelodeon Nation
The Nickelodeon Boom in Manhattan
Charles Steiner and the Houston Hippodrome
The First "Jewish" Superstar: Charlie Chaplin
Virtually Jewish
Hollywood's Jewish Question
On The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer: A Chronology
Putting Blackface in Its Place
An American at Home, a Jew on the Air
The Media That "Speak Your Language": American Yiddish Radio and Film
Goldberg Variations: The Achievements of Gertrude Berg
The Goldbergs: A Chronology
Religion, Democracy, and Radio Waves: The Eternal Light
Our Show of Shows
Star Gallery
Theda Bara
Bronco Billy Anderson
Fanny Brice
Eddie Cantor
Sylvia Sidney
The Marx Brothers
Betty Boop
Bess Myerson
Paul Muni
Judy Holliday
John Garfield
Shelley Winters
Danny Kaye
Marilyn Monroe
Sammy Davis, Jr.
Anne Frank
Barbra Streisand
Dustin Hoffman
Howard Stern
Adam Sandler
Stand-Up Jews
Exodus: Real to Reel to Real
Flaunting It: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's "Nice" Jewish (Bad) Boys
At Home on the Small Screen: Television's New York Jews
American Media and the Holocaust
The Virtual Rebbe
Bill Clinton, Hollywood President: A Chronology
Not the Last Word: A Conversation
Notes and Timeline
Selected Bibliography
Text and Illustration Credits

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