Reel Racism: Confronting Hollywood's Construction Of Afro-american Culture / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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Reel Racism: Confronting Hollywood's Construction of Afro-American Culture goes beyond reflection theories of the media to examine cinema's active participation in the operations of racism a complex process rooted in the dynamics of representation. Written for undergraduates and graduate students of film studies and philosophy, Reel Racism focuses on methods and frameworks that analyze films for their production of meaning and how those meanings participate in a broader process of justifying, naturalizing, or legitimizing difference, privilege, and violence based on race. In addition to analyzing how the process of racism is articulated in specific films, Reel Racism examines how specific meanings can resist their function of ideological containment, and instead, offer a perspective of a more collective, egalitarian social system one that transcends the discourse of race.
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 I||Of Racism and Representation|
|1||Introduction: Revisiting Racism and Cinema||3|
|2||The Birth of a (Racist) Nation(al) Cinema||29|
|Part II||Cinema and the Maintenance of Privilege|
|3||The Gods Must Be Crazy (Privileged, but Crazy)||57|
|4||Driving Miss Daisy (Because She's White and I'm Not)||75|
|5||Mississippi (and History) Burning||95|
|Part III||Confronting Racism and Representation|
|6||A World Apart (from the World of Privilege)||117|
|7||School Daze and the Politics of Appropriation||137|
|8||Do the Right Thing: Style as Confrontation||153|
|9||Daughters of the Dust and the Figurative as Mode of Resistance||173|
|10||The Great White Man of Lambarene and the Limits of Representation||191|
|Epilogue: Racism, Representation, and the Role of Theory||211|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.