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The tangled connections that have bound Jews to African Americans in popular culture and liberal politics are at the heart of Michael Rogin's arresting and unnerving book. Looking at films from Birth of a Nation to Forrest Gump, Rogin explores blackface in Hollywood films as an aperture to broader issues: the nature of "white" identity in America, the role of race in transThe tangled connections that have bound Jews to African Americans in popular culture and liberal politics are at the heart of Michael Rogin's arresting and unnerving book. Looking at films from Birth of a Nation to Forrest Gump, Rogin explores blackface in Hollywood films as an aperture to broader issues: the nature of "white" identity in America, the role of race in transforming immigrants into "Americans," the common experiences of Jews and African Americans that made Jews key supporters in the fight for racial equality, and the social importance of popular culture. Rogin's forcefully argued study challenges us to confront the harsh truths behind the popularity of racial masquerade....

Title : Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot
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ISBN : 9780520213807
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot Reviews

  • Mike Goldstein
    2019-02-25 21:42

    I'd give this 3.5 stars if I could.Pros: Interesting and unique analysis. Rogin focuses on motion pictures, but often relates his conclusions to other mediums. His arguments are clear, and learning about blackface and the culture it spawned really colored how I see other, more modern art forms. By the end of the book, I felt like I could explain my discomfort with Iggy Azalea much more clearly, basically.Cons: Slips into some of the usual pitfalls of academic writing. It can be a bit dense and sometimes unnecessarily verbose. It gets a bit repetitive and might send you to Wikipedia if you're not particularly familiar with old cinema. I'm not at all, though, and still enjoyed myself and learned quite a bit.