CFP: Early Jewish Vaudevillians & Comics (10/1/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

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The Jewish Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association is organizing at=20
least one panel on early 20th century vaudevillians and comic actors for the=
2007 conference of the ACA/PCA in Boston, Massachusetts, April 4-7, 2007. =20
Eddie Cantor, Fannie Brice, Smith and Dale, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, George=
Burns and Gracie Allen, The Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp=20
Howard [replaced by Curly Howard]), The Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo=
Zeppo, Gummo), Henny Youngman, and Mae West are the most famous of a long l=
ine of=20
Jewish entertainers, writers, directors, and producers in the vaudeville=20
circuit, on Broadway, and then on radio, film, and early television. Jewish=
influence on entertainment in the early 20th century was so strong that Geor=
ge M.=20
Cohan, an Irish multi-talented actor/writer/director/producer, insisted that=
last name be pronounced as =E2=80=9CCohen=E2=80=9D rather than the correct=20=
=E2=80=9Cco-HAN=E2=80=9D so that=20
he would be accepted as a =E2=80=9Cquadruple threat=E2=80=9D on Broadway.
Jewish entertainment in the first half of the 20th century set the standard=20
for entertainment as we know it today. Presentations should concentrate on=20=
Jewish influences on the early formation of entertainment and the people=20
responsible for it.
Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length and must include your=20
mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
All proposals should be emailed to both the Area Chair and Associate Area=20
Chair. DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS. Please copy-and-paste your proposal into t=
email message.
Area Chair: Daniel Walden --
Associate Area Chair: Barbara Silliman --
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2006

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