Enfant Terrible!: Jerry Lewis in American Film

Enfant Terrible!: Jerry Lewis in American Film

by Murray Pomerance (Editor)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814767061
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2002
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Murray Pomerance is Chair of the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University, whose edited volumes include Ladies and Gentlemen , Boys and Girls: Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century , and Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Cinemas of Girlhood.

Table of Contents

1 Jerry and Me
1 Whatever Happened to Jerry Lewis? “That’s Amore. . .”
2 Being Rupert Pupkin
2 Jerry Lewis, Faces Off
3 Dreaming of Jerry Lewis’s Arizona Dream
4 Jerry Agonistes: An Obscure Object of Critical Desire
5 Flaming Creature: Jerry Lewis and Screen Performance in Hollywood or Bust
6 The Day the Clown Quit: Jerry Lewis Returns to The Jazz Singer’s Roots
3 Jerry Lewis and Social Transformations
7 Sex and Slapstick: The Martin and Lewis Phenomenon
8 The Imbecile Chic of Jerry Lewis
9 Sick Jokes: Humor and Health in the Work of Jerry Lewis
10 The Geisha Boy: Orientalizing the Jewish Man
11 Jerry in the City: The Topology of The King of Comedy
12 Terminal Idiocy (The comedian is the message)
4 Jerry-Built
13 “The Inner Man”: Mind, Body, and Transformations of Masculinity in The Nutty Professor
14 Working Hard Hardly Working: Labor and Leisure in the Films of Jerry Lewis
15 Hello Deli!: Shtick Meets Teenpic inThe Delicate Delinquent
16 The Errant Boy: Morty S. Tashman and the Powers of the Tongue

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"A witty, provocative, and necessary re-evaluation of the phenomenon known as Jerry Lewis. I myself have loved and despised Jerry, often both at the same time; I needed this book to tell me why."

-David Cronenberg,

"These original, varied approaches are the heftiest appreciation of Lewis in English... Recommended."


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