Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical / Edition 1

Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical / Edition 1

by Andrea Most
     
 

This book examines two interwoven narratives crucial to an understanding of twentieth-century American culture: the stories of Jewish acculturation and of the development of the American musical. Here we delve into the work of the most influential artists of the genre during the years surrounding World War II and encounter new interpretations of classics such as… See more details below

Overview

This book examines two interwoven narratives crucial to an understanding of twentieth-century American culture: the stories of Jewish acculturation and of the development of the American musical. Here we delve into the work of the most influential artists of the genre during the years surrounding World War II and encounter new interpretations of classics such as The Jazz Singer, Babes in Arms, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, and The King and I. We see how the communities these musicals invented and the anthems they popularized constructed a vision of America that fostered self-understanding as the nation became a global power.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011656
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

  • Overture
  • 1. Acting American: Jews, Theatricality, and Modernity
  • 2. Cantors’ Sons, Jazz Singers, and Indian Chiefs: The Invention of Ethnicity on the Musical Comedy Stage
  • 3. Babes in Arms: The Politics of Theatricality during the Great Depression
  • 4. “We Know We Belong to the Land”: The Theatricality of Assimilation in Oklahoma!
  • 5. The Apprenticeship of Annie Oakley: Or, “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly”
  • 6. “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”: The Politics of Race in South Pacific
  • Coda: “I Whistle a Happy Tune”
  • Notes
  • Credits
  • Index

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