America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies

America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies

by Harry M. Benshoff, Sean Griffin
     
 

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America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies, 2nd Edition is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema.

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender,
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America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies, 2nd Edition is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema.

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality
  • Includes over 100 illustrations, glossary of key terms, questions for discussion, and lists for further reading/viewing
  • Includes new case studies of a number of films, including Crash, Brokeback Mountain, and Quinceañera

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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
Publication date:
08/26/2011
Series:
Wiley Desktop Editions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
686,718
File size:
7 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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