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Jewish Humor and Commercial Entertainment in Early 20th-Century Europe and America

JUDS 1726 S01 [CRN: 15818]

The seminar explores the relationship between humor, popular culture and Jewish ethnic identity in early 20th-century Europe and America. It argues that self-deprecating humor and satiric performance of Jewish stereotypes were not expressions of self-hatred, but complex cultural gestures that led to in integration within mainstream society. Topics to be considered are: the joke as a social gesture; the Jewish music hall as an urban institution;the politics of blackface in American Vaudeville; the East-European Jews in Hollywood.
Term
Fall 2019
Credit Hours
1
Maximum Enrollment
20
Primary Instructor
Meetings
15:00 - 17:30 Mon - from Sep 4, 2019 to Dec 21, 2019
Exam Group Code
05