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Reel Racism: Confronting Hollywood's Construction Of Afro-american Culture / Edition 1

Reel Racism: Confronting Hollywood's Construction Of Afro-american Culture / Edition 1

by Vincent F. Rocchio


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813367101
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Series: Thinking through Cinema Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

About the Author

Vincent F. Rocchio is visiting assistant professor of film studies at Dartmouth College. He has also published articles in The Spectator, Film Quarterly, and The National Catholic Reporter . He is a founding member of the Ekklesia Project and currently lives in Lawrence, MA.

Table of Contents

Part IOf Racism and Representation
1Introduction: Revisiting Racism and Cinema3
2The Birth of a (Racist) Nation(al) Cinema29
Part IICinema and the Maintenance of Privilege
3The Gods Must Be Crazy (Privileged, but Crazy)57
4Driving Miss Daisy (Because She's White and I'm Not)75
5Mississippi (and History) Burning95
Part IIIConfronting Racism and Representation
6A World Apart (from the World of Privilege)117
7School Daze and the Politics of Appropriation137
8Do the Right Thing: Style as Confrontation153
9Daughters of the Dust and the Figurative as Mode of Resistance173
10The Great White Man of Lambarene and the Limits of Representation191
Epilogue: Racism, Representation, and the Role of Theory211

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Reel Racism: Confronting Hollywood's Construction Of Afro-american Culture 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A great book, the best I've read on race and cinema. Most other studies of the topic are locked into a simplistic 'spot the stereotypes' approach; they identify negative images of African Americans in film, and that's about all they have to say. Rocchio, on the other hand, is interested in how 'reel' racism interacts with and intersects with 'real' racism; he explores how films such as The Gods Must Be Crazy, Driving Miss Daisy, and Mississippi Burning participate in what he calls 'processes of racism'--racial discourses and practices. And even though this sounds like pretty heavy, scholarly stuff--and in one respect it is--Rocchio's accessible style and clear discussions of the films make the book appropriate for non-specialists (in particular, for college students in either film classes or classes on race relations). I'm a teacher myself, and I bought two copies of the book: one for me, and one for my school's library.