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America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies

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A lively introduction to issues of diversity as represented within the American cinema. A synthetic and historical text, America on Film provides a comprehensive overview of the industrial, socio-cultural and aesthetic factors that contribute to cinematic representations of race, class, gender and sexuality.
Paperback, 392 pages
Published October 20th 2003 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published October 17th 2003)
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It's hard to rank this book because it's a textbook -- introductory, vocabulary-defining, that kind of thing. But as a textbook, yes! 4 or 5 stars! I liked it and will definitely consider adopting it for an intro class in film/gender studies. The format makes sense, they quite a lot of ground without stretching it too thin (it's not an all-inclusive text, even for an intro class), and they define concepts in a way that doesn't oversimplify or insult readers' intelligence. I'm curious to try it o ...more
I am reading this book for my graduate class on Women and Film. So far, I am not too impressed. Although I am learning new concepts, the way it is presented is definitely for undergraduates and overly repetitive. I guess that is fitting since the class is cross-listed with an undegraduate class... The photographs are great and I particularly enjoy the case studies.
Couldn't put this down.
Read every inch. Especially appreciated the reiteration of terms and concepts throughout later chapters.
Wish all academic texts were written this effectively.
Chole Allyson
This is a great read for someone who is interested in the history of film when representing race, class, gender, and sexuality.
Salome Wilde
Wonderful introduction to cultural theory and the interpretation of Hollywood cinema.
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