From the Lower East Side to Hollywood: Jews in American Popular Culture
Paul BuhleISBN: 1859845983;
Book Description A lively, extensively illustrated history of the widespread influence of Jews on American popular culture through the twentieth century. 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 Yiddishscholarship, 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. Buhle suggests that "premodern" and "postmodern" are arbitrary designations here, because the self-reflective content has always radiated an...
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