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The World of Her Father

Charlotte Greenspan

in Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195111101
eISBN:
9780199865703
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111101.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the show business career of Dorothy's father Lew Fields. Fields and childhood friend Joe Weber first developed was a patchwork of entertaining bits—songs, dances, and humor, ... More


“I Want a Real Coon”: Twain and Ethnic Caricature

Henry B. Wonham

in Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161946
eISBN:
9780199788101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161946.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter explores Mark Twain's life-long fascination with ethnic humor and caricature, highlighting the oxymoronic logic involved in his affection for “the genuine nigger show” and other forms of ... More


From Café to Contest: New Year’s Variety Shows and the Soviet Festive System

Christine E. Evans

in Between Truth and Time: A History of Soviet Central Television

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300208481
eISBN:
9780300208962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300208481.003.0004
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter examines Central Television's use of holiday programming to evaluate and negotiate audience needs. It first discusses the place of television in the Soviet festive system before ... More


Kate Smith: The Variety “Femcee” on Radio and Television

Jennifer Fleeger

in Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song Through the Machine

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199936892
eISBN:
9780199389971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936892.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Kate Smith is best known today for popularizing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”. However, her ability to sell Berlin’s song rested in her radio fame: she hosted her own weekly evening program ... More


Looking Through: Sentimental Aesthetics

David Monod

in The Soul of Pleasure: Sentiment and Sensation in Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501702389
eISBN:
9781501703997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702389.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter narrates the account of P. T. Barnum, an entrepreneur who harnessed the growing popularity of the theatre to further his business ventures. During his stint at the Vauxhall, Barnum ... More


Introduction

Ross Melnick

in American Showman: Samuel "Roxy" Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159050
eISBN:
9780231504256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159050.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book analyzes the career of film exhibitor and radio broadcaster, Samuel Lionel “Roxy” Rothafel (1882–1936), between the years 1908 and 1935. It shows how Roxy did not merely project motion ... More


The American Dream in Vietnamese

Nhi T. Lieu

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816665693
eISBN:
9781452946436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816665693.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Using research on popular culture of the Vietnamese diaspora, this book explores how people displaced by war reconstruct cultural identity in the aftermath of migration. Embracing American democratic ... More


The Sounds of Capitalism: Advertising, Music, and the Conquest of Culture

Timothy D. Taylor

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226791159
eISBN:
9780226791142
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226791142.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

From the early days of radio through the rise of television after World War II to the present, music has been used more and more often to sell goods and establish brand identities. And since at least ... More


Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Simon Dickie

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Eighteenth-century British culture is often seen as polite and sentimental—the creation of an emerging middle class. This book disputes these assumptions, plunging into the forgotten comic literature ... More


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