Mixed Race Hollywood / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- New York University Press
A Kansas City Star 2008 Notable Book
Since the early days of Hollywood film, portrayals of interracial romance and of individuals of mixed racial and ethnic heritage have served to highlight and challenge fault lines within Hollywood and the nation’s racial categories and borders. Mixed Race Hollywood is a pioneering compilation of essays on mixed-race romance, individuals, families, and stars in U.S. film and media culture.
Situated at the cutting-edge juncture of ethnic studies and media studies, this collection addresses early mixed-race film characters, Blaxploitation, mixed race in children’s television programming, and the "outing" of mixed-race stars on the Internet, among other issues and contemporary trends in mixed-race representation. The contributors explore this history and current trends from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in order to better understand the evolving conception of race and ethnicity in contemporary culture.
|Publisher:||New York University Press|
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About the Author
Mary C. Beltrán is an assistant professor of Communication Arts and Chicana/o-Latino/a Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom.
Camilla Fojas is Associate Professor and Director of Latin American and Latino Studies and a member of the Asian American studies program at DePaul University and author of Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier.
Table of Contents
Mary Beltrán and Camilla Fojas
Classical Hollywood and the Filmic Writing of Interracial History, 1931–1939
J. E. Smyth
Mixed Race Frontiers
Catching Up with History: Night of the Quarter Moon, the Rhinelander Case, and Interracial Marriage in 1959
A Window into a Life Uncloseted
The Biracial Subject as Passive Receptacle for Japanese American Memory in Come See the Paradise
Kent A. Ono
Race Mixing and the Fantastic: Lineages of Identity and Genre in Contemporary Hollywood
From Blaxploitation to Mixploitation: Male Leads and Changing Mixed Race Identities
Gregory T. Carter
Detecting Difference in Devil in a Blue Dress
Aisha D. Bastiaans
Mixed Race in Latinowood
Mixed Race on the Disney Channel: From Johnny Tsunami through Lizzie McGuire and Ending with The Cheetah Girls
Angharad N. Valdivia
The Matrix Trilogy, Keanu Reeves, and Multiraciality at the End of Time
What People are Saying About This
"An immensely readable interrogation of contemporary representations of multi-racial characters and inter-racial relationships in film, television, and popular culture."
"An accomplished, well-researched view of race identity in cinema."
"Each essay stands as an exciting contribution to an open-ended discussion."
"Mixed Race Hollywood does to race what queer has done to sexuality—it challenges binary thinking and the normative categories it creates. This book opens up productive new areas for scholarship on Hollywood representation and the intersections of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and nation."
-Chon A. Noriega,University of California, Los Angeles
"A significant step forward in the study of race and media. There are very few academic collections that match this one in timeliness, depth and readability. Mixed Race Hollywood reflects both a theoretical turn in critical race studies and the new representational habits of a culture in which celebrities wear their multiracial status as a badge of pride and sign of demographic pull."
-Diane Negra,University of East Anglia