Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Bowery to Broadway: The A... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Book is tight and clean. No writing. No wear. Ships direct from Amazon!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Bowery to Broadway: The American Irish in Classic Hollywood Cinema Hardcover – March 1, 2010

5 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$25.00
$5.67 $1.74

$25.00 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

Review

“A fascinating study of Irish-American films. . . . Mr. Shannon shows that these films—some of Hollywood’s greatest creations—evoked a distinct world worthy of considered examination.”—Wall Street Journal

(Peter Duffy)

Bowery to Broadway makes a major contribution to the study of Irish-American ethnicity. Shannon shows that in films of the 1930s and 1940s—when the Irish were putatively embracing all of modern America’s values—the group was not only represented in Hollywood, but also offered a true-to-life alternative to modernity. In the world that Shannon retrieves, the ‘local comes first.’ He mines both familiar and nearly forgotten films to discern a cinematic tradition in which Irish-American prize-fighters, priests, vaudevillians and working girls lived in a world that countered mainstream assumptions: the urban Irish were skeptical of runaway individualism, unimpressed by the promise of personal liberation, and unapologetically Catholic. The Irish whom we meet in this immensely readable book can no longer be read as stereotypes. Shannon requires us to rethink whether Irish assimilation happened in quite the way we think it did, and sometimes, whether it happened at all. This is an essential book on the Irish in popular culture.”—James Silas Rogers, editor, New Hibernia Review, and president, American Conference for Irish Studies
(James Silas Rogers)

“With this bold challenge to existing writings on Irish-American ethnicity, particularly within the context of theories of assimilation, Shannon explores how Irish-American films and characters of the 1930s and 1940s express a confidence in their hyphenated identities that was rooted in their sense of place. The Irish of the urban village, in Shannon’s narrative, refused to assimilate to middle-class American norms; instead they asserted their right to be at once traditional and modern, ethnic and American. Balancing lucid descriptions of the films’ plots against an incisive investigation into their positioning within both Hollywood cinema and the socio-historical background of Irish immigrant experience, Shannon has produced a study that will appeal to film historians, cultural theorists and scholars of Irish Studies alike. Bowery to Broadway is a detailed, clearly-written and thoughtfully argued study that is sure to become the standard work on Irish-American representation in the Classic Hollywood period.”—Ruth Barton, Trinity College Dublin / author of Acting Irish in Hollywood: From Fitzgerald to Farrell

(Ruth Barton)

“In meticulous detail and with wonderfully accessible prose, Shannon presents accounts of essential, and in some cases not-so-essential, films that represent key elements of Irish-American life. . . . Shannon has staked a claim to a significant area of Film Studies and shown a first-rate ability to engage it.”—New Hibernia Review

(Michael Patrick Gillespie New Hibernia Review)

About the Author

Christopher Shannon is professor of history at Christendom College.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: University of Scranton Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589662008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589662001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,030,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent presentation of the extent of the Irish influence in movies. The book is not only fun to read but very educational for the reader. It makes you want to watch the movies and helps you view them with a critical approach as to what extent the Irish culture is represented in the movies.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Bowery to Broadway: The American Irish in Classic Hollywood Cinema
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Bowery to Broadway: The American Irish in Classic Hollywood Cinema