- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847699471
- ISBN-13: 978-0847699476
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness
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The study cuts through 84 years of films with many specific and accurate analyses. It will give instructors a new perspective and students tough questions to ask in many classes. Recommended. (CHOICE)
Through a careful, detailed examination of an impressive number of significant American films, the authors vividly demonstrate the extent to which notions of white supremacy assert themselves, often unconsciously, even in works in which a liberal, ostensibly anti-racist viewpoint dominates. Screen Saviors is an important contribution to cinema studies and to the growing body of scholarship devoted to the study of white identity. (Robert Elliot Fox, Southern Illinois University)
Analyzes the images of white protagonists interacting with people of another race or ethnicity in American movies from 1915's 'Birth of a Nation' to 'Black Hawk Down' in 2001. This book reveals the diverse, often disturbing ways in which movies manufacture the 'white self,' the image and the story of whiteness articulated by white film makers. (Beaches Leader)
This book reveals the diverse, often disturbing ways in which movies manufacture the 'white self'―the image and story of whiteness articulated by white filmmakers. Avoiding polemical posturing and relying upon historical analysis, the authors provide us with an insightful project that is written with clarity and care. (Daniel Bernardi, University of Arizona)
Provocative book. There's plenty to enjoy. (Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal)
A pioneering and highly original book. From Birth of a Nation to the latest Hollywood films, Vera and Gordon describe and critically analyze Hollywood movies made by dozens of different white directors, producers, and writers, people with different imaginations and styles. Yet virtually all the movies they have made fit the same mold of not challenging white privilege. (Joe R. Feagin, from the Foreword)
If you want to explore a colorful, controversial side of film lore, check out Screen Saviors. At the very least, it'll make you think about what you are watching. (Rockford Register Star)
A valuable addition to the growing scholarship of hegemonic whiteness in America. (Contemporary Sociology)
About the Author
Hernán Vera is professor of sociology at the University of Florida and an author of several books on race relations.Andrew M. Gordon is associate professor of English at the University of Florida and a film critic.
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Because these movies are viewed worldwide, it's easy to see why other non-white cultures have managed to internalize hatred towards black people even while 90% of them have never had any interactions.
Juxtapose this with white main actors whose roles symbolize morality, intelligence, family values etc.
It's a must read for all people of the world.
Another cloying, outdated book about how whites are "privileged." Uh huh. I'm sure all the poor people in trailer parks here in Missouri would totally agree.
Time to get off the race wagon, academics. The suject is all used up, and you're starting to sound just plain dopey.