9780415216777

Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415216777

  • ISBN10:

    041521677X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-11-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Off-White Hollywood investigates how the 'ethnicity' of white European-American actresses has played a key role in the mythology of American identity and nation building. Negra focuses on key stars of the silent - Colleen Moore and Pola Negri - classical - Sonja Henie and Hedy Lamarr - and post-classical eras - Marisa Tomei and Cher -to demonstrate how each star illuminates aspects of ethnicity, gender, consumerism, and class at work in American culture.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
vii
Acknowledgements ix
Hollywood film and the narrativization of ethnic femininity
1(24)
The wearing of the green: Irishness as a promotional discourse in the career of Colleen Moore
25(30)
Immigrant stardom in imperial America: Pola Negri and the problem of typology
55(29)
Sonja Henie in Hollywood: Whiteness, athleticism and Americanization
84(19)
Ethnicity and the interventionist imagination: Domesticity, exoticism and scandal in the persona of Hedy Lamarr
103(33)
Marisa Tomei and the fantasy of ethnicity
136(28)
Stardom, corporeality and ethnic indeterminacy: Cher's disrupted/disruptive body
164(18)
Notes 182(18)
Bibliography 200(15)
Index 215

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