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

JUDS 1726 S01 [CRN: 15766]

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.
Section specific notes:
JUDS 1726 will be taught as an online seminar which will meet synchronously once a week. The first hour will consist of an lecture and the second hour of a discussion of the assigned readings, films and the substance of the lecture.
Fall 2020
Credit Hours
Maximum Enrollment
Primary Instructor
16:00 - 18:30 Thu - from Sep 9, 2020 to Dec 11, 2020