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Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot

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Publisher Comments:

The tangled connections that have bound Jews to African Americans in popular culture and liberal politics are at the heart of Michael Rogin's arresting and unnerving book. Looking at films from Birth of a Nation to Forrest Gump, Rogin explores blackface in Hollywood films as an aperture to broader issues: the nature of "white" identity in America, the role of race in transforming immigrants into "Americans," the common experiences of Jews and African Americans that made Jews key supporters in the fight for racial equality, and the social importance of popular culture. Rogin's forcefully argued study challenges us to confront the harsh truths behind the popularity of racial masquerade.

Book News Annotation:

Traces the roots of the Hollywood movie industry to blackface minstrelsy and shows how that tradition has continued to influence even movies that seek to repudiate it. Focusing on the experience of Jewish immigrants, argues that blackface presided over the construction of an ethnically inclusive and racial exclusive society.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Filmography: p. 317-321. Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-315) and index.

About the Author

Michael Rogin is Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Ronald Reagan the Movie: And Other Episodes in Political Demonology (California, 1985).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520204072
Subtitle:
Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot
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Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Afro-americans in motion pictures
Subject:
Jews in the motion picture industry
Subject:
Jewish entertainers
Subject:
Blackface entertainers.
Subject:
Jewish entertainers -- United States.
Subject:
African Americans in motion pictures
Subject:
Judaism - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. A-693
Publication Date:
19980529
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.08 lb

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