Sarnoff to Seinfeld: American Jews and the Television Age|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
This seminar examines the involvement of Jews in American mass entertainment, especially television, during the 20th century. At a time when Jews were active in both the business and creative ends of the new media that came to dominate fields as seemingly diverse as popular culture and political discourse, Jewish leading characters were largely absent from prime time network television. Are there relationships among Jewish involvement in mass entertainment, the simultaneous absence of Jewish characters onscreen, and the role of television in American culture?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Eric Barnouw, TUBE OF PLENTY: THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN TELEVISION (2nd revised edition)
Henry Bial, ACTING JEWISH: NEGOTIATING ETHNICITY ON THE AMERICAN STAGE & SCREEN
Neil Gabler, AN EMPIRE OF THEIR OWN
J. Hoberman, Jeffrey Shandler, eds., ENTERTAINING AMERICA: JEWS, MOVIES, AND BROADCASTING
David Marc, DEMOGRAPHIC VISTAS: TELEVISION IN AMERICAN CULTURE (revised edition)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly viewing responses, 3 short assignments, 1 final project that is either a 10-15 page paper or an approved creative project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students' active participation, alongside completion of both weekly reading and viewing assignments are essential for the success of this course.
This course will count toward the Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies.
|Instructor(s): Greenblatt,Rachel Times: ....R.. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK404; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: 0|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: 0||SO: 4||FR: 11|
|Web Resources: Syllabus |
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