Mondays at Museum Series: Lecture by Peter Antelyes
Appropriating Anti-Semitism: How Jews Became Jewish American through Popular Culture Lecture by Peter Antelyes, Vassar College
Discussions of antisemitism in American popular culture often focus on unambiguously hostile texts. This talk takes a somewhat different tack: exploring the ways Jewish producers of popular culture have appropriated antisemitic representations as vehicles for imagining a viable form of Jewish American identity. We will be looking at works from three different periods: the “Jewface” recordings of the 1910s and 20s, the creation of Barbie in the late 1950s, and the figures of the monster and the scientist in Mel Brooks’s 1974 film Young Frankenstein.
Peter Antelyes is Director of the Jewish Studies Program and an Associate Professor in the English department at Vassar College. His research focuses on American literature and popular culture, and his publications include Tales of Adventurous Enterprise, a book on Washington Irving, as well as articles on the “red hot mama” in American song, Jewish women in vaudeville, and the figure of the “Jewish Indian” in music, literature, and film. His current project is on the female Jewish American graphic novelists who emerged during the era of second-wave feminism.
$5 Members, $10 Non-members, FIU Students Free
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