The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

The Poitier Effect: Racial Melodrama and Fantasies of Reconciliation

by Sharon Willis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816692859
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sharon Willis is professor of art history and visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. A coeditor of Camera Obscura, she is also the author of High Contrast: Race and Gender in Contemporary Hollywood Film and Marguerite Duras: Writing on the Body, as well as many essays on contemporary cinema.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Introduction: Racial Pedagogy and the Magical Negro
1. Passing Through: The Obsessive Sameness of Sidney Poitier
2. Feminism as Alibi: When White Women Encounter Color
3. The Lure of Retrospectatorship: Hitting the False Notes in Far from Heaven
4. Black Authenticity and the Ambivalent Icon: Keeping It Real in Talk to Me
Conclusion: Chasing Sidney
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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