America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies [NOOK Book]

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"America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema. The first synthetic and historical text of its kind, America on Film provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The volume chronicles the cinematic history of various cultural groups, examines forces and institutions of bias, and stimulates
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Overview

"America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema. The first synthetic and historical text of its kind, America on Film provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. The volume chronicles the cinematic history of various cultural groups, examines forces and institutions of bias, and stimulates discussion about the relationship between film and American national culture." This new edition is fully revised and updated. It includes a new chapter on the representation of disability in American film, and a new collection of updated case studies, including discussions of Erin Brockovich, 8 Mile, Crash, and Brokeback Mountain, among others.
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"Concluding each chapter are discussion questions and lists of further reading and relevant films. Particularly valuable are the 28 two-page case studies (e.g., of Lion King, Jazz Singer, Grapes of Wrath, Gilda, Celluloid Closet, Crash, Brokeback Mountain) scattered throughout. These analyze the films in terms of culture group. A model of sociological criticism and an invaluable tool (in classroom or library) for film students." (CHOICE, August 2009)

"America on Film is a different kind of film studies textbook. It's an invaluable resource for classes examining the politics of Hollywood." Ted Friedman, Associate Professor of Moving Image Studies, Georgia State University

“The authors do a remarkable job at presenting contexts for identifying and tracking the historical constructions of race, gender, class and sexuality … They successfully present a rich history, with references to hundreds of films.” Scope Journal

"America on Film provides a clear and expansive examination of the complexities of representation and identity in American cinema. I currently use Benshoff and Griffin's book in my introductory film class on multiculturalism, and I look forward to using this new edition." Vicki Callahan , University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"In this era of diversity, American on Film is a great resource that clarifies critical concepts of inequality and illustrates how film representations can frame groups thus providing tools for thinking critically about the media we consume." Elizabeth Higginbotham, University of Delaware

"America on Film does what no other film textbook does: it takes its investigation of film beyond a study of form, production and exhibition, exposing how film functions as a powerful cultural agent for shaping American perceptions of race, gender, class and ability." Alison Landsberg, George Mason University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781444357592
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 337,830
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Sean Griffin is Associate Professor of Cinema and Television at Southern Methodist University.
Harry M. Benshoff is Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of North Texas.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Culture and American Film 1

1 Introduction to the Study of Film Form and Representation 3

2 The Structure and History of Hollywood Filmmaking 21

Pt. II Race and Ethnicity and American Film 45

Introduction to Part II: What is Race?

3 The Concept of Whiteness and American Film 51

4 African Americans and American Film 78

5 Native Americans and American Film 102

6 Asian Americans and American Film 123

7 Latinos and American Film 143

Pt. III Class and American Film 165

Introduction to Part III: What is Class?

8 Classical Hollywood Cinema and Class 171

9 Cinematic Class Struggle After the Depression 187

Pt. IV Gender and American Film 211

Introduction to Part IV: What is Gender?

10 Women in Classical Hollywood Filmmaking 217

11 Exploring the Visual Parameters of Women in Film 238

12 Masculinity in Classical Hollywood Filmmaking 257

13 Gender in American Film Since the 1960s 278

Pt. V Sexuality and American Film 303

Introduction to Part V: What is Sexuality?

14 Heterosexuality, Homosexuality, and Classical Hollywood 309

15 Sexualities on Film Since the Sexual Revolution 329

Pt. VI Ability and American Film 357

Introduction to Part VI: What is Ability?

16 Cinematic Images of (Dis)Ability 363

17 Making Connections 385

Glossary 410

Index 432

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