Screen Saviors

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Informationen zum Autor Hernan Vera is professor of sociology at the University of Florida and an author of several books on race relations. Andrew M. Gordon is associate professor of English at the University of Florida and a film critic. Klappentext Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies-by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color. This collaboration by a sociologist and a film critic! using the new perspective of critical "white studies!" offers a bold and sweeping critique of almost a century's worth of American film! from Birth of Nation (1915) through Black Hawk Down (2001). Screen Saviors studies the way in which the social relations that we call "race" are fictionalized and pictured in the movies. It argues that films are part of broader projects that lead us to ignore or deny the nature of the racial divide in which Americans live. Even as the images of racial and ethnic minorities change across the twentieth century! Hollywood keeps portraying the ideal white American self as good-looking! powerful! brave! cordial! kind! firm! and generous: a natural-born leader worthy of the loyalty of those of another color. The book invites readers to conduct their own analyses of films by showing how this can be done in over 50 Hollywood movies. Among these are some films about the Civil War-Birth of a Nation ! Gone with the Wind! and Glory; some about white messiahs who rescue people of another color-Stargate! To Kill a Mockingbird! Mississippi Burning! Three Kings! and The Matrix; the three versions of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935! 1962! and 1984) and interracial romance-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Forty years of Hollywood fantasies of interracial harmony! from The Defiant Ones and In the Heat of the Night through the Lethal Weapon series and Men in Black are examined. This work in the sociology of knowledge and cultural studies relates the movies of Hollywood to the large political agendas on race relation in the United States. Screen Saviors appeals to the general reader interested in the movies or in race and ethnicity as well as to students of com Zusammenfassung This collaboration by a sociologist and film critic offers a critique of almost a century's worth of American film! from 1915 to 2001. It studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies - by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another colour. Inhaltsverzeichnis Chapter 1 Foreword: A Nation of Sheep Chapter 2 Learning to Be White through the Movies Chapter 3 The Divided White Self Chapter 4 The Beautiful White American: Sincere Fictions of the Savior Chapter 5 Amistad: Civilization and Its Contentments Chapter 6 Mutiny on the Bounty: Civilization and Its Discontents Chapter 7 Racism as a Project:Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Chapter 8 Scarlett and Mammy Revisited: White Women and Black Women in Hollywood Films Chapter 9 White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Film I Chapter 10 White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Film II Chapter 11 Black and White Buddies I Chapter 12 Black and White Buddies II Chapter 13 Conclusion: The Crisis of Whiteness ...

Klappentext

Screen Saviors studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies-by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another color. This collaboration by a sociologist and a film critic, using the new perspective of critical "white studies," offers a bold and sweeping critique of almost a century's worth of American film, from Birth of Nation (1915) through Black Hawk Down (2001). Screen Saviors studies the way in which the social relations that we call "race" are fictionalized and pictured in the movies. It argues that films are part of broader projects that lead us to ignore or deny the nature of the racial divide in which Americans live. Even as the images of racial and ethnic minorities change across the twentieth century, Hollywood keeps portraying the ideal white American self as good-looking, powerful, brave, cordial, kind, firm, and generous: a natural-born leader worthy of the loyalty of those of another color. The book invites readers to conduct their own analyses of films by showing how this can be done in over 50 Hollywood movies. Among these are some films about the Civil War-Birth of a Nation , Gone with the Wind, and Glory; some about white messiahs who rescue people of another color-Stargate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mississippi Burning, Three Kings, and The Matrix; the three versions of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, 1962, and 1984) and interracial romance-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Forty years of Hollywood fantasies of interracial harmony, from The Defiant Ones and In the Heat of the Night through the Lethal Weapon series and Men in Black are examined. This work in the sociology of knowledge and cultural studies relates the movies of Hollywood to the large political agendas on race relation in the United States. Screen Saviors appeals to the general reader interested in the movies or in race and ethnicity as well as to students of com



Zusammenfassung
This collaboration by a sociologist and film critic offers a critique of almost a century's worth of American film, from 1915 to 2001. It studies how the self of whites is imagined in Hollywood movies - by white directors featuring white protagonists interacting with people of another colour.

Inhalt

Foreword: A Nation of Sheep - Joe R. Feagin; Learning to Be White through the Movies; The Divided White Self; The Beautiful White American: Sincere Fictions of the Savior; Amistad; Civilization and Its Contentments; Mutiny on the Bounty: Civilization and Its Discontents; Racism as a Project: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; Scarlett and Mammy Revisited: White Women and Black Women in Hollywood Films; White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Film I; White Out: Racial Masquerade by Whites in American Film II; Black and White Buddies I; Black and White Buddies II; Conclusion: The Crisis of Whiteness.

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Produktinformationen

Titel
Screen Saviors
Untertitel
Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness
Autor
EAN
9780847699476
ISBN
0847699471
Format
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Herausgeber
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Genre
Kunst
Anzahl Seiten
214
Gewicht
413g
Größe
H254mm x B178mm x T11mm
Jahr
2003
Untertitel
Englisch
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