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

Harry M. Benshoff and Sean Griffin
Format
Book
Published
Malden, MA, USA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Edition
2nd ed
Language
English
ISBN
9781405170550, 1405170557
Related Resources
Table of contents only
Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • How to use this book
  • pt. I. Culture and American film
  • 1. 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
  • 2. 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
  • "New" Hollywood and the blockbuster mentality
  • Further screening.
  • pt. II. Race and ethnicity and American film
  • Introduction to part II : what is race?
  • 3. The concept of whiteness and American film
  • Seeing white
  • Bleaching the green : the Irish in American cinema
  • Looking for respect : the Italian 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
  • Further screening
  • 4. 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 film vs. "neo-blaxploitation" filmmaking
  • New images for a new century--or not?
  • Case study : Bamboozled (2000)
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. 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)
  • 7. 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)
  • pt. III. Class and American film
  • Introduction to part III : what is class?
  • 8. Classical Hollywood cinema and class
  • Setting the stage : the Industrial Revolution
  • Early cinema : the rise of the Horatio Alger myth
  • Hollywood and unionization
  • Class in the classical Hollywood cinema
  • Case study : The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
  • Conclusion : recloaking class consciousness
  • 9. Cinematic class struggle after the Depression
  • From World War II to the Red Scare
  • From opulence to counterculture
  • Box : class on television
  • New Hollywood and the resurrection of the Horatio Alger myth
  • Case study : Bulworth (1998)
  • Conclusion : corporate Hollywood and labor today
  • pt. IV. Gender and American film
  • Introduction to part IV : what is gender?
  • 10. Women in classical Hollywood filmmaking
  • Images of women in early cinema
  • Early female filmmakers
  • Images of women in 1930s classical Hollywood
  • World War II and after
  • Case study : All That Heaven Allows (1955)
  • 11. Exploring the visual parameters of women in film
  • Ways of seeing
  • "Visual pleasure and narrative cinema"
  • Case study : Gilda (1946)
  • Conclusion : complicating Mulvey's arguments
  • 12. Masculinity in classical Hollywood filmmaking
  • Masculinity and early cinema
  • Masculinity and the male movie star
  • World War II and film noir
  • Case study : Dead Reckoning (1947)
  • Masculinity in 1950s American film
  • 13. Gender in American film since the 1960s
  • Second wave feminism and Hollywood
  • Into the 1980s : a backlash against women?
  • Box : women and American television
  • A new generation of female filmmakers
  • Case study : The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
  • Conclusion : gender in the early twenty-first century
  • pt. V. Sexuality and American film
  • Introduction to part V : what is sexuality?
  • 14. Heterosexuality, homosexuality, and classical Hollywood
  • (Hetero)sexuality on screen
  • (Homo)sexuality in early film
  • Censoring sexuality during the classical Hollywood era
  • Postwar sexualities and the weakening of the production code
  • Camp and the underground cinema
  • Case study : The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  • 15. Sexualities on film since the sexual revolution
  • Hollywood and the sexual revolution
  • Film and gay culture from Stonewall to AIDS
  • The AIDS crisis
  • Queer theory and new queer cinema
  • Box : queer TV
  • Case study : Go Fish (1995)
  • Hollywood responds to new queer cinema
  • (Hetero)sexualities in contemporary American cinema
  • pt. VI. Ability and American film
  • Introduction to part VI : what is ability?
  • 16. Cinematic images of (dis)ability
  • Disabled people in early American film : curiosities and freaks
  • Romanticizing disability in classical Hollywood melodramas
  • Disability in war movies and social problem films
  • Disability and the counterculture
  • Case study : Children of a Lesser God (1986)
  • A more enlightened age?
  • 17. Making connections
  • Case study 1 : Queen Christina (1933)
  • Case study 2 : The Old Maid (1939)
  • Case study 3 : The Gang's All Here (1943)
  • Case study 4 : A Patch of Blue (1965)
  • Case study 5 : Erin Brockovich (2000)
  • Case study 6 : 8 Mile (2002)
  • Case study 7 : Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
  • Case study 8 : Saving Face (2004)
  • Case study 9 : Crash (2004)
  • Case study 10 : The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
  • Case study 11 : Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Case study 12 : Quinceañera (2006)
  • Glossary
  • Index.
Description
xvii, 453 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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