JUDAIC 343 - American Jews and Media Industries
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
May not be repeated for credit.
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"Jews Run Hollywood. So What?" A decade ago this double-edged headline ran on the cover of Moment, a glossy, self-described "Jewish Magazine." Controversies like this have been sustained by a stew of envy and guilt, but their sources are to be found in old employment restrictions that forced Jews to innovate outside of mainstream American industries. Well into the mid-twentieth century, major American corporations seldom hired Jews. They worked primarily in family businesses; many were employed in printing and garment trades, suppliers to industries of ideas and fashions. Jews built on niche opportunities in emergent and developing media enterprises: movies, photography, recorded music, radio, comics, and television. As these “canned” forms of entertainment became simultaneously popular and seriously prestigious, controversies flared over the roles of Jews in “the mass media.” We examine these issues by discussing a wide range of illustrative and analytical materials. Preparation for class often includes the study of movies, photos, and audio recordings.

Crs Requirements: This is not final, but requirements will probably be as follows: three response papers (600-800 words each), a 5-page paper during the first half of the semester and a 10-page paper during the second half. Drafts of the 10-page paper will be required. Mid-term exam in medium-short answer format. Final exam in essay format in order to test applied, integrative knowledge of course materials and issues.

Intended Audience: Upper-class concentrators and/or other juniors and seniors.

Class Format: Lecture format three hours per week

JUDAIC 343 - American Jews and Media Industries
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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