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Classic Hollywood Classic Whiteness

2001

Daniel Bernardi, editor

Classic Hollywood Classic Whiteness

A provocative study of Hollywood’s obsession with race and its impact on the classic films of the studio era.

Leading scholars address the myriad ways in which America’s attitudes about race informed the production of Hollywood films from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Contributors: Eric Avila, Aaron Baker, Karla Rae Fuller, Andrew Gordon, Allison Graham, Sarah Madsen Hardy, Joanne Hershfield, Arthur Knight, Gina Marchetti, Gary W. McDonough, Chandra Mukerji, Martin F. Norden, Brian O'Neil, Roberta E. Pearson, Marguerite H. Rippy, Nicholas Sammond, Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, Peter Stanfield, Kelly Thomas; Hernan Vera, Karen Wallace, Thomas E. Wartenberg, Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong, Geoffrey White, and Jane Yi.

This exceptionally talented and distinguished group of authors provides a detailed and careful study of the centrality of race within the imagery of classic Hollywood films and the comparative dimensions of ‘whiteness’ as a representational system.

George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness and Time Passages

Leading scholars address the myriad ways in which America’s attitudes about race informed the production of Hollywood films from the 1920s through the 1960s. From the predominantly white star system to segregated mise-en-scènes, Hollywood films reinforced institutionalized racism. The contributors to this volume examine how assumptions about white superiority and colored inferiority and the politics of segregation and assimilation affected Hollywood’s classic period.

Contributors: Eric Avila, UCLA; Aaron Baker, Arizona State U; Karla Rae Fuller, Columbia College; Andrew Gordon, U of Florida; Allison Graham, U of Memphis; Joanne Hershfield, U of North Carolina; Cindy Hing-Yuk Wond, College of Staten Island, CUNY; Arthur Knight, William and Mary; Sarah Madsen Hardy, Bryn Mawr; Gina Marchetti, U of Maryland; Gary W. McDonogh; Chandra Mukerji, UC, San Diego; Martin F. Norden, U of Massachusetts; Brian O'Neil, U of Southern Mississippi; Roberta E. Pearson, Cardiff U; Marguerite H. Rippy, Marymount U; Nicholas Sammond; Beretta E. Smith-Shomade, U of Arizona; Peter Stanfield, Southampton Institute; Kelly Thomas; Hernan Vera, U of Florida; Karen Wallace, U of Wisconsin, Oshkosh; Thomas E. Wartenberg, Mount Holyoke; Geoffrey M. White, U of Hawai’i; and Jane Yi.


Classic Hollywood Classic Whiteness

Daniel Bernardi is assistant professor in the Department of Media Arts at the University of Arizona.

Classic Hollywood Classic Whiteness

This exceptionally talented and distinguished group of authors provides a detailed and careful study of the centrality of race within the imagery of classic Hollywood films and the comparative dimensions of ‘whiteness’ as a representational system.

George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness and Time Passages

An engaging collection.

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