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The Resource Blackface, white noise : Jewish immigrants in the Hollywood melting pot, Michael Rogin

Blackface, white noise : Jewish immigrants in the Hollywood melting pot, Michael Rogin

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Blackface, white noise : Jewish immigrants in the Hollywood melting pot
Title
Blackface, white noise
Title remainder
Jewish immigrants in the Hollywood melting pot
Statement of responsibility
Michael Rogin
Title variation
Black face, white noise
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The founding Hollywood movie, Birth of a Nation, celebrated the Ku Klux Klan. The first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, was a blackface film. Gone With the Wind remains the all-time box-office success. From their beginnings, Michael Rogin claims, motion pictures created a national culture by taking possession of African Americans. Blackface, White Noise investigates Hollywood's roots in the most popular original form of American mass culture, blackface minstrelsy. Through its use in films from Uncle Tom's Cabin and Birth of a Nation to Forrest Gump, motion picture blackface becomes an aperture opening onto major issues of American national identity: the meanings of whiteness, the role race has played in turning settlers and immigrants into Americans, and the tangled connections that have bound Jews to African Americans in popular culture and liberal politics
  • Immigrant Jews inherited the blackface role in vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, and Hollywood; Blackface, White Noise treats burnt cork as their rite of passage to white America. Arguing against those who subsume racial under ethnic identities, Rogin demonstrates that blackface presided over an ethnically inclusive and racially exclusionary melting pot. Juxtaposing movies like The Jazz Singer with such early civil rights films as Pinky and Gentleman's Agreement, he shows how the blackface tradition infected even those motion pictures that wished to repudiate it
Cataloging source
DLC
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Rogin, Michael Paul
Dewey number
791.43/6520396073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.N4
LC item number
R64 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans in motion pictures
  • Jews in the motion picture industry
  • Jews
  • Blackface entertainers
  • Jewish entertainers
Label
Blackface, white noise : Jewish immigrants in the Hollywood melting pot, Michael Rogin
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Centennial book"--P. [iii]
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: pages 317-321
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-315) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Made in America. Uncle Sammy and my Mammy ; Two declarations of independence: the contaminated origins of American national culture ; Nationalism, blackface, and the Jewish question. -- The Jolson story. Blackface, white noise: the Jewish jazz singer finds his voice ; Racial masquerade and ethnic assimilation in the transition to talking pictures. -- "Democracy and burnt cork": the end of blackface, the beginning of civil rights. New Deal blackface ; "We could cross these racial lines": Hollywood discovers civil rights ; Conclusion: Abington township
Control code
33282040
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 339 pages
Isbn
9780520204072
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95044109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Blackface, white noise : Jewish immigrants in the Hollywood melting pot, Michael Rogin
Publication
Note
"A Centennial book"--P. [iii]
Bibliography note
  • Filmography: pages 317-321
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-315) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Made in America. Uncle Sammy and my Mammy ; Two declarations of independence: the contaminated origins of American national culture ; Nationalism, blackface, and the Jewish question. -- The Jolson story. Blackface, white noise: the Jewish jazz singer finds his voice ; Racial masquerade and ethnic assimilation in the transition to talking pictures. -- "Democracy and burnt cork": the end of blackface, the beginning of civil rights. New Deal blackface ; "We could cross these racial lines": Hollywood discovers civil rights ; Conclusion: Abington township
Control code
33282040
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 339 pages
Isbn
9780520204072
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95044109
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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