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Description - Off-White Hollywood by Diane Negra

Off-White Hollywood investigates how the 'ethnicity' of white European-American actresses has played a key role in the mythology of American identity and nation building. Embodying national fantasies and 'assimilation myths', ethnic female film stars symbolised the promise of American multiculturalism and proved the desirability and reliability of the American Dream. Through case studies of stars spanning cinema's history, Diane Negra examines Hollywood films and promotional material as a vehicle through which American culture expresses and negotiates gender and ethnic identities. Negra focuses on key stars of the silent - Colleen Moore and Pola Negri - classical - Sonja Henie and Hedy Lamarr - and post-classical eras - Marisa Tomei and Cher - to demonstrate how each star illuminates aspects of ethnicity, gender, consumerism, and class at work in American culture. Tracing processes of transformation, containment and resistance, from the assimilation imperatives of the early twentieth century to the current ethnic revival, Off-White Hollywood shows how star personae have reflected the changing meanings of whiteness in US culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415216784
ISBN-10: 0415216788
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Diane Negra

Diane Negra is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio, TV and Film at the University of North Texas. She is the co-editor of A Feminist Reader in Early Cinema (Duke University Press 2002).

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