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From the Lower East Side to Hollywood : Jews in American Popular Culture

From the Lower East Side to Hollywood : Jews in American Popular Culture - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1859845981

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ISBN13: 978-1859845981
ISBN10: 1859845983
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Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Verso Book
Published: 2004
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From the Lower East Side to Hollywood : Jews in American Popular Culture - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1859845981

Paul Buhle

ISBN13: 978-1859845981
ISBN10: 1859845983
Cover type:
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Verso Book
Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

The contribution by Jews to American popular culture is widely acknowledged yet scarcely documented. This is the first comprehensive investigation of the formative Jewish influence upon the rise and development of American popular culture, drawing upon extensive oral histories with several generations of Jewish artists, little-utilized Yiddish scholarship, and the author's own connections with today's comic-strip artists. Buhle shows how the rich legacy of Yiddish prepared would-be artists to absorb the cultures of their surrounding environments, seeing the world through the eyes of others, and producing the talent required for theater, films, television, popular music and comics.

Table of Contents

Introduction : artists and critics
1 Where did it come from?
2 From Jewish stage to screen
3 The printed word and the playful imagination
4 Assimilation
5 Up from the avant-garde
6 Reflexive Jews
Postscript : One last look back

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