Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom

Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom

by Diane Negra, Negra Diane
     
 

Off-White Hollywood investigates how the 'ethnicity' of white European-American actresses has played a key role in the mythology of American identity and nation building. Negra focuses on key stars of the silent - Colleen Moore and Pola Negri - classical - Sonja Henie and Hedy Lamarr - and post-classical eras - Marisa Tomei and Cher - to demonstrate how each

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Overview

Off-White Hollywood investigates how the 'ethnicity' of white European-American actresses has played a key role in the mythology of American identity and nation building. Negra focuses on key stars of the silent - Colleen Moore and Pola Negri - classical - Sonja Henie and Hedy Lamarr - and post-classical eras - Marisa Tomei and Cher - to demonstrate how each star illuminates aspects of ethnicity, gender, consumerism, and class at work in American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415216777
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

Diane Negra is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio, TV and Film at the University of North Texas. She is the co-editor of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Duke University Press 2002).

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgements
1Hollywood film and the narrativization of ethnic femininity1
2The wearing of the green: Irishness as a promotional discourse in the career of Colleen Moore25
3Immigrant stardom in imperial America: Pola Negri and the problem of typology55
4Sonja Henie in Hollywood: Whiteness, athleticism and Americanization84
5Ethnicity and the interventionist imagination: Domesticity, exoticism and scandal in the persona of Hedy Lamarr103
6Marisa Tomei and the fantasy of ethnicity136
7Stardom, corporeality and ethnic indeterminacy: Cher's disrupted/disruptive body164
Notes182
Bibliography200
Index215

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