Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness

Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness

Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness

Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness

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“The White race is a club, which enrolls certain people at
birth, without their consent, and brings them up according
to its rules. For the most part the members go through life
accepting the benefits of membership without thinking about
the costs.” —Race Traitor

Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness builds upon the questions and arguments developed in my first anthology on film history, The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of U.S. Cinema. In that volume, contributors from such diverse fields as critical race studies, cultural studies, film history, literary studies, and social history address the relationship between race and film from around the turn of the century to the 1920s, or the early and silent periods. In arguing that early cinema constructed whiteness as the “norm by which all 'Others' fail by comparison,” the volume sets forth to reveal the distinct ways in which race informed the inception and development of fictional narrative cinema—crossing audiences, authors, genres, studios, and styles. Contributors investigate such subjects as exhibition, genre, intertextuality, narrative, reception, stardom, and stereotyping.

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