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Film Nation Hollywood Looks at U. S. History

ISBN-10: 0816642923
ISBN-13: 9780816642922
Edition: 2010 (Revised)
Authors: Robert Burgoyne
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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 3/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Events of the past decade have dramatically rewritten the American national narrative, bringing to light an alternate history of nation, marked since the country's origins by competing geopolitical interests, by mobility and migration, and by contending ethnic and racial groups.In this revised and expanded edition ofFilm Nation, Robert Burgoyne analyzes films that give shape to the counternarrative that has emerged since 9/11one that challenges the traditional myths of the American nation-state. The films examined here, Burgoyne argues, reveal the hidden underlayers of nation, from the first interaction between Europeans and Native Americans (The New World), to the clash of ethnic groups in nineteenth-century New York (Gangs of New York), to the haunting persistence of war in the national imagination (Flags of Our FathersandLetters from Iwo Jima) and the impact of the events of 9/11 on American identity (United 93andWorld Trade Center).Film Nationprovides innovative readings of attempts by such directors as Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and Oliver Stone to visualize historical events that have acquired a mythical aura in order to open up the past to the contemporary moment.

Robert Burgoyne is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University. He is the author of Bertolucci's 1900: A Narrative and Historical Analysis; Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History; and coauthor, with Robert Stam and Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, of New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics.

Preface to the Revised Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Race and Nation in Glory
Native America, Thunderheart, and the National Imaginary
National Identity, Gender Identity, and the Rescue Fantasy in Born on the Fourth of July
Modernism and the Narrative of Nation in JFK
Prosthetic Memory/National Memory: Forrest Gump
The Columbian Exchange: Pocahontas and The New World
Homeland or Promised Land? The Ethnic Construction of Nation in Gangs of New York
Haunting in the War Film: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima
Trauma and History in United 93 and World Trade Center
Notes
Index

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