Hollywood Fantasies of Miscegenation Spectacular Narratives of Gender and Race

ISBN-10: 069111305X

ISBN-13: 9780691113050

Edition: 2005

Authors: Susan Courtney

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Hollywood Fantasies of Miscegenationanalyzes white fantasies of interracial desire in the history of popular American film. From the first interracial screen kiss of 1903, through the Production Code's nearly thirty-year ban on depictions of "miscegenation," to the contemplation of mixed marriage inGuess Who's Coming to Dinner(1967), this book demonstrates a long, popular, yet underexamined record of cultural fantasy at the movies. With ambitious new readings of well-known films like D.W. Griffith's 1915 epicThe Birth of a Nationand of key forgotten films and censorship documents, Susan Courtney argues that dominant fantasies of miscegenation have had a profound impact on the form and content of American cinema. What does it mean, Courtney asks, that the image of the black rapist became a virtual clicheacute;, while the sexual exploitation of black women by white men under slavery was perpetually repressed? What has this popular film legacy invited spectators to remember and forget? How has it shaped our conceptions of, and relationships to, race and gender? Richly illustrated with more than 140 images,Hollywood Fantasies of Miscegenationcarefully attends to cinematic detail, revising theories of identity and spectatorship as it expands critical histories of race, sex, and film. Courtney's new research on the Production Code's miscegenation clause also makes an important contribution, inviting us to consider how that clause was routinely interpreted and applied, and with what effects.
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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Introduction : what happened in the tunnel and other open American secrets
The "agony" of spectatorship at biograph
The mixed birth of "great white" masculinity and the classical spectator
"The un-doable stories," the "usual answers," and other "epidermic drama[s]" : coming to terms with the production code
Picturizing race : on visibility, racial knowledge, and cinematic belief
Out of the plantation and into the suburbs : sensational extremes in the late 1950s
Guess who's coming to dinner with Eldridge Cleaver and the Supreme Court, or reforming popular racial memory with Hepburn and Tracy
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