White: Essays on Race and Culture / Edition 1

White: Essays on Race and Culture / Edition 1

by Richard Dyer, Dyer Richard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415095379

ISBN-13: 9780415095372

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

White people are not literally or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and pure. Racial imagery and racial representation are central to the organisation of the contemporary world but, while there are many studies of images of black and Asian people, whiteness is an invisible racial position. At the level of racial representation, whites are not of a

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White people are not literally or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and pure. Racial imagery and racial representation are central to the organisation of the contemporary world but, while there are many studies of images of black and Asian people, whiteness is an invisible racial position. At the level of racial representation, whites are not of a certain race. They are just the human race, a 'colour' against which other ethnicities are always examined.
In White, Richard Dyer looks beyond the apparent unremarkability of whiteness and argues for the importance of analysing images of white people. Dyer traces the representation of whiteness by whites in Western visual culture, focusing on the mass media of photography, advertising, fine art, cinema and television.
Dyer examines the representation of whiteness and the white body in the contexts of Christianity, 'race' and colonialism. In a series of absorbing case studies, he discusses the representations of whiteness in muscle-man action cinema, from Italian 'peplum' movies to the Tarzan and Rambo series; shows the construction of whiteness in photography and cinema in the lighting of white and black faces, and analyses the representation of white women in end-of-empire fictions such as The Jewel in the Crown, and traces the disturbing association of whiteness with death, in vampire narratives and dystopian films such as Blade Runner and the Aliens trilogy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415095372
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
447,692
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1The matter of whiteness1
2Coloured white, not coloured41
3The light of the world82
4The white man's muscles145
5'There's nothing I can do! Nothing!'184
6White death207
Notes224
Bibliographies234
Index251

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