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America on Film : Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies

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America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies is a lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema. provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural, and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality includes over 100 illustrations, glossary of key terms, questions for discussion, and lists for further reading/viewing includes new case studies of a number of films, including Crash, Brokeback Mountain, and Quincea_era

Author Biography

Sean Griffin is Associate Professor of Cinema and Television at Southern Methodist University.
Harry M. Benshoff is Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of North Texas.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Culture and American Film
Introduction to the Study of Film Form and Representation
Film Form
American Ideologies: Discrimination and Resistance
Culture and Cultural Studies
Case Study: The Lion King (1994)
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
The Structure and History of Hollywood Filmmaking
Hollywood vs. Independent Film
The Style of Hollywood Cinema
The Business of Hollywood
The History of Hollywood: The Movies Begin
The Classical Hollywood Cinema
World War II and Postwar Film
G+ NewG+  Hollywood and the Blockbuster Mentality
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
Further Screening
Race and Ethnicity and American Film:
Introduction to Part II What is Race?
The Concept of Whiteness and American Film
Seeing White
Bleaching the Green: The Irish in American Cinema
Looking for Respect: Italians in American Cinema
A Special Case: Jews and Hollywood
Case Study: The Jazz Singer (1927)
Veiled and Reviled: Arabs on Film in America
Conclusion: Whiteness and American Film Today
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
Further Screening
African Americans and American Film
African Americans in Early Film
Blacks in Classical Hollywood Cinema
World War II and the Postwar Social Problem Film
The Rise and Fall of Blaxploitation Filmmaking
Box: Blacks on TV
Hollywood in the 1980s and the Arrival of Spike Lee
Black Independent vs
"Neo-Blaxploitation" Filmmaking
New Images for a New Century - Or Not?
Case Study: Bamboozled (2000)
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
Further Screening
Native Americans and American Film
The American "Indian" Before Film
Ethnographic Films and the Rise of the Hollywood Western
The Evolving Western
A Kinder, Gentler America?
Case Study: Smoke Signals (1998)
Conclusion: Twenty-First-Century Indians?
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
Further Screening
Asian Americans and American Film
Silent Film and Asian Images
Asians in Classical Hollywood Cinema
World War II and After: War Films, Miscegenation Melodramas, and Kung Fu
Contemporary Asian American Actors and Filmmakers
Case Study: Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
Further Screening
Latinos and American Film
The Greaser and the Latin Lover: Alternating Stereotypes
World War II and After: The Good Neighbor Policy
The 1950s to the 1970s: Back to Business as Usual?
Expanding Opportunities in Recent Decades
Conclusion: A Backlash Against Chicanos?
Case Study: My Family/Mi Familia (1995)
Questions for Discussion
Further Reading
Further Screening
Class and American Film:
Introduction to Part III What is Class?
Classical Hollywood Cinema and Class
Setting the Stage: T
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