Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness / Edition 1

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Leading scholars address the myriad ways in which America's attitudes about race informed the production of Hollywood films from the 1920s through the 1960s. From the predominantly white star system to segregated mise-en-scènes, Hollywood films reinforced institutionalized racism. The contributors to this volume examine how assumptions about white superiority and colored inferiority, and the politics of segregation and assimilation affected Hollywood's classic period.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816632398
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Race and the Hollywood Style
Pt. I Class
1 "What You Are ... I Wouldn't Eat": Ethnicity, Whiteness, and Performing "the Jew" in Hollywood's Golden Age 3
2 From Second String to Solo Star: Classic Hollywood and the Black Athlete 31
3 Dark City: White Flight and the Urban Science Fiction Film in Postwar America 52
4 "They Worship Money and Prejudice": The Certainties of Class and the Uncertainties of Race in Son of the Gods 72
Pt. II Gender
5 "The Loveliest and Purest of God's Creatures": The Three Faces of Eve and the Crisis of Southern Womanhood 95
6 The Redskin and The Paleface: Comedy on the Frontier 111
7 Dolores del Rio, Uncomfortably Real: The Economics of Race in Hollywood's Latin American Musicals 139
8 Humanizing the Beast: King Kong and the Representation of Black Male Sexuality 157
9 Commodity, Tragedy, Desire: Female Sexuality and Blackness in the Iconography of Dorothy Dandridge 178
10 Orientalism Abroad: Hong Kong Readings of The World of Suzie Wong 210
Pt. III War
11 Indianism? Classical Hollywood's Representation of Native Americans 245
12 Sincere Fictions of the White Self in the American Cinema: The Divided White Self in Civil War Films 263
13 Creatures of Good and Evil: Caucasian Portrayals of the Chinese and Japanese during World War II 281
14 December 7th: Race and Nation in Wartime Documentary 301
15 "Cowerd, Take My Coward's Hand": Racism, Ableism, and the Veteran Problem in Home of the Brave and Bright Victory 339
Pt. IV Industry
16 The Demands of Authenticity: Addison Durland and Hollywood's Latin Images during World War II 359
17 Star Dances: African-American Constructions of Stardom, 1925-1960 386
18 Listening to Race: Voice, Mixing, and Technological "Miscegenation" in Early Sound Film 415
19 "Extremely Dangerous Material": Hollywood and the "Ballad of Frankie and Johnnie" 442
Select Bibliography 467
Contributors 483
Index 489
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