Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema

Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema

by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
     
 

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Performing Whiteness crosses the boundaries of film study to explore images of the white body in relation to recent theoretical perspectives on whiteness. Drawing on such diverse critical methodologies as postcolonial studies, feminist film criticism, anthropology, and phenomenology, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster examines a wide variety of films from early cinema to the…  See more details below

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Performing Whiteness crosses the boundaries of film study to explore images of the white body in relation to recent theoretical perspectives on whiteness. Drawing on such diverse critical methodologies as postcolonial studies, feminist film criticism, anthropology, and phenomenology, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster examines a wide variety of films from early cinema to the present day in order to explore the ways in which American cinema imposes whiteness as a cultural norm, even as it exposes its inherent instability. In discussions that range from The Philadelphia Story to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Foster shows that, though American cinema is an all-white construct, there exists the possibility of a healthy resistance to cultural norms of race, gender, sexuality, and class.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791456286
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/30/2003
Series:
SUNY series in Postmodern Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is Willa Cather Professor of English and Film Studies in the Department of English, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA. Her numerous books include Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers, and the Culture of Apocalypse (2014), A Short History of Film, co-written with Wheeler Winston Dixon (2008; second revised edition 2013); Class-Passing: Social Mobility in Film (2005), Performing Whiteness: Postmodern Re/Constructions (2003), Captive Bodies: Postcolonial Subjectivity in the Cinema (1999), and Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora (1997). She is also editor (with Wheeler Winston Dixon) of the book series Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture.

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