Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America

Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America

by James D. Bloom
     
 

ISBN-10: 027597720X

ISBN-13: 9780275977207

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The comedic work of the children of modern Jewish immigrants overturned the prevailing languages and imageries with which an Anglocentric United States had traditionally represented and expanded itself. In Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America, James D. Bloom approaches these developments by first surveying this transformation as it

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The comedic work of the children of modern Jewish immigrants overturned the prevailing languages and imageries with which an Anglocentric United States had traditionally represented and expanded itself. In Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America, James D. Bloom approaches these developments by first surveying this transformation as it affected literature, entertainment, commerce, and politics, and then offers sharply focused chapters that look at changes in sexual candor, reactions to the Holocaust, and critiques of race.

Indeed, the personae discussed here pioneered unprecedented candor toward and scrutiny about sex and violence, and no other book delves as deeply or as widely among art forms, media, and levels of cultural hierarchy. Including considerations of the work of such diverse artists as Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, Gilda Radner, Philip Roth, Jerry Seinfeld, and Stephen Sondheim, Gravity Fails provides a unique, penetrating, and hilarious look at a major force in the progress of American culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275977207
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Chutzpah in the Promised Land: An Overture

The Revolt of the Horny

Talking Heads Shrinking Heads

Nazi Follies

A Blonder Shade of Dark

Lost Tribes: A Conclusion

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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