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