Haunted in the New World
|Publisher||Indiana University Press|
|June 30, 2005|
|LC Class||E184.36.E84 W53 2005|
Haunted in the New World is a book, published in 2005, by Donald Weber. The book's subtitle, Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs reflects the broad scope of the work as an overview of 20th century Jewish American literature and popular culture. Abraham Cahan was one of the most recognizable Jewish-American writers in both Yiddish and English. The Goldbergs began in 1929 as a radio comedy and drama about a Jewish-American family, and the show was initially targeted for Yiddish radio stations, but they made the leap first to CBS radio in 1936, and then to mass-market television in 1949, becoming a long-running situation comedy.
According to a review in American Jewish History, "Weber's readings prove a valuable resource through their insightful demonstration of the interrelation of public culture with emotions that are deeply felt personally and, at the same time, shared experiences that proved definitional for many American Jews. Indeed, [...] Haunted in the New World provides the scholar of American Jewish life a valuable guide to issues of affect that can now seem mystifying to younger generations."