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Hollywood and Anti-Semitism

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

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of Mass Communication

  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521798549

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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.

    • Not about Jewish influence, but about how cultural ideas constructed a way of seeing the Jew and media
    • Considers how allegations appeared of Jewish control over Hollywood
    • Re-examines 'Hollywood novels': West's Day of the Locust, Fitzgerald's Last Tycoon, and Shulberg's What Makes Sammy Run?
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Hollywood and Anti-Semitism is intensely researched and sensibly weighed....results of [Carr's] inquiry are vivid, disgusting, and enlightening. But his book establishes a grimly fascinating and uncomfortably close chapter in the long history of a curse." The New Republic

    "Carr has written a scholarly history of anti-Semitism in Hollywood. Exhaustively researched...the book includes extensive notes and a bibliography and is an excellent resource on Hollywood's anti-Semitism. This thought-provoking book is recommended for academic libraries." Library Journal

    "An impressively researched and closely reasoned cultural history." London Review of Books, March 2002

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521798549
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Steven Alan Carr, Purdue University, Indiana

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