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The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of United States Cinema

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As indelible components of the history of the United States, race and racism have permeated nearly all aspects of life: cultural, economic, political, and social.  In this first anthology on race in early cinema, fourteen scholars examine the origins,  dynamics, and ramifications of racism and Eurocentrism and the resistance to both during the early years of American motion pictures. Any discussion of racial themes and practices in any arena inevitably begins with the definition of race. Is race an innate and biologically determined "essence" or is it a culturally constructed category? Is the question irrelevant?  Perhaps race exists as an ever-changing historical and social formation that, regardless of any standard definition, involves exploitation, degradation, and struggle. In his introduction, Daniel Bernardi writes that "early cinema has been a clear partner in the hegemonic struggle over the meaning of race" and that it was steadfastly aligned with a Eurocentric world view at the expense of those who didn't count as white.

The contributors to this work tackle these problems and address such subjects as biological determinism, miscegenation, Manifest Destiny, assimilation, and nativism and their impact on early cinema. Analyses of The Birth of a Nation, Romona, Nanook of the North and Madame Butterfly and the directorial styles of D. W. Griffith, Oscar Micheaux, and Edwin Porter are included in the volume.

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In The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of United States Cinema, Daniel Leonard Bernardi explores the importance...

Synopsis:

As indelible components of the history of the United States, race and racism have permeated nearly all aspects of life: cultural, economic, political, and social. In this first anthology on race in early cinema, fourteen scholars examine the origins, dynamics, and ramifications of racism and Eurocentrism and the resistance to both during the early years of American motion pictures.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [355]-362) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813522760
Editor:
Bernardi, Daniel
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Editor:
Bernardi, Daniel
Author:
Bernardi, Daniel Leonard
Author:
Bernardi, Daniel
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J. :
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Silent films
Subject:
Minorities in motion pictures
Subject:
Silent films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Racism in motion pictures.
Subject:
Race relations in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Silent films -- United States.
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
1948
Publication Date:
19960731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.38 lb

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In The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of United States Cinema, Daniel Leonard Bernardi explores the importance...

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