Hollywood and Anti-Semitism: A Cultural History up to World War II

Hollywood and Anti-Semitism: A Cultural History up to World War II

by Steven Alan Carr
     
 

ISBN-10: 052179854X

ISBN-13: 9780521798549

Pub. Date: 09/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

American Jews have a powerful cultural narrative that seemingly speaks on their behalf. According to this narrative, Eastern European Jewish immigrants built the film industry in the first decade of this century and dominated it by the second. As opposed to determining a particularly Jewish vision of America, Steven Alan Carr argues that this way of looking at Jews

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American Jews have a powerful cultural narrative that seemingly speaks on their behalf. According to this narrative, Eastern European Jewish immigrants built the film industry in the first decade of this century and dominated it by the second. As opposed to determining a particularly Jewish vision of America, Steven Alan Carr argues that this way of looking at Jews in Hollywood emanates from a particularly American vision of Jews. Like the Jewish Question of the 19th century—which fretted over the full participation of Jews within public life—the Hollywood Question of the 1920s, 30s and 40s fretted over Jewish participation within the mass media. As a whole way of thinking and talking about both Jews and motion pictures, Hollywood and Anti-Semitism reveals a powerful set of assumptions concerning ethnicity, intent and media influence. Steven Alan Carr is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. His work appears in Cinema Journal and other publications. This is his first book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521798549
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: what is the Hollywood question?; Part I. The Hollywood Question and American Anti-Semitism, 1880–1929: 1. Anti-Semitism and the American Jewish question; 2. Religion, race and morality in the Hollywood question; Part II. The Hollywood Question for a New America, 1929–1941: 3. A New Deal for the Hollywood question; 4. The Hollywood question in popular culture; 5. The politics of the Hollywood question; 6. Answering the Hollywood question; Part III. The Hollywood Question, 1941 and Beyond: 7. Popular culture answers the Hollywood question; 8. The Hollywood question in crisis, 1941; 9. The new Hollywood question.

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