Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture by Jack R. Fischel

By Jack R. Fischel

This specified encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish pop culture, earlier and found in track, artwork, foodstuff, faith, literature, and extra. Over a hundred and fifty entries, written through students within the box, spotlight themes starting from animation and comics to Hollywood and dad psychology.

Without the profound contributions of yankee Jews, the preferred tradition we all know this day wouldn't exist. the place could track be with no the track of Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, humor with no Judd Apatow and Jerry Seinfeld, movie with no Steven Spielberg, literature with out Phillip Roth, Broadway with no Rodgers and Hammerstein? those are only the various artists who broke new flooring and altered the face of yank pop culture without end. This precise encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish pop culture, previous and found in tune, paintings, nutrients, faith, literature, and extra. Over a hundred and fifty entries, written by way of students within the box, spotlight issues starting from animation and comics to Hollywood and pa psychology.

Up-to-date insurance and broad consciousness to political and social contexts make this encyclopedia is a superb source for prime university and faculty scholars drawn to the total diversity of Jewish pop culture within the usa. educational and public libraries also will treasure this paintings as an incomparable consultant to our nation's background. Illustrations supplement the textual content all through, and plenty of entries cite works for additional studying. the quantity closes with a particular, common bibliography of print and digital assets to motivate extra examine.

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He progressed to placing these figures within specific, familiar settings. The method of sculpture was unusual. Segal would wrap the body of friends or family members in cloth strips soaked in plaster, while that person struck a desired pose. Once the plaster was hard, like a doctor removing a cast, Segal would saw through the plaster and remove it. He would then reattach the pieces. Later in his career he would cast the plaster in bronze, with a patina that had the same color and surface as the original.

Berle was a slapstick comedian. At times he dressed as a woman, and viewers who did not recognize that it was Uncle Miltie thought he was a sexy middle-aged lady. He said that laughter or making people laugh was the most important part of his life. ’’ He appeared as himself in such films as Woody Allen’s Broadway Danny Rose (1948), The Perils of Pauline (1914), and I Hear Laughter (1999). He was one of the first to be inducted into the National Comedy Hall of Fame, as well as the California Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 1906, Baline got a steady job at the Pelham Cafe´ in Chinatown both as a waiter and busboy, but throughout the evening he also sang popular songs. In 1907 Israel published his first song, ‘‘Marie From Sunny Italy,’’ and although he did not make much money from the song, he decided that he was not only a singer but a composer, and he changed his name to Irving Berlin. Perhaps Baline thought that changing his name to one that sounded more ‘‘American’’ would help make him more marketable. Berlin’s first major hit was his ‘‘ragtime’’ song ‘‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’’ in 1911.

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