Off-White Hollywood: American Culture and Ethnic Female Stardom

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

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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

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

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