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White: Essays on Race and Culture

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ISBN-10: 0415095379
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"Written with clarity and elegance impressively and eclectically sourced with notes and bibliographies, and lavishly illustrated on exceptional stock with scores fo black-and-white plates and 18 color plates of paintings... White is a feast for both the mind and the eye. An excellent companion to bell hooks's... and an indispensable addition to undergraduate and graduate collections in cultural studies and film."
-Choice, April 1998 Vol. 35 No. 8
""White comes highly recommended as a textual site which attempts to bring greater humanity to the worls through an act of critical scholarship and honest self-deconstruction."
-Tribune, 2/99
""White [is a] terrifically intelligent examination of how the visual media, from painting to photography to film, represents whiteness as the esthetic ideal of the West."
-"The New York Times, 3/99
"Politically sensitive and culturally savvy. [A]n excellent study.."
-Shannon Steen, "Theatre Journal
"This book overflows with... perceptive and provocative arguments."
-"In These Times

About the Author

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of"Stars, Heavenly Bodies, Now You See It: Studies in Lesbian and Gay Film, Only Entertainment "and "The Matter of Images".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415095379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415095372
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
An often fascinating read in extremely intellgible English, Dyer shows how the idea of whiteness underpins more of Western visual culture than one might have thought. Ranging from fascinating discussions of how the actual chemical composition of film stock was engineered to maximize the representation of caucasian skin on celluloid to race in cheesy Italian sword-and-sandals films of the 1950s, this is a real triumph for academic writing--a work that's actually compelling for a non-specialist, but an important intervention in the field at the same time. The last chapter or two were a little less energetic than the predecessors, I thought, but overall, one of the best I've read of this kind.
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I bought this book after hearing it referenced in an essay I was reading about race. It sounded intriguing, and I can't say I've been disappointed so far. The perspective given on white "culture" is written by a white gay British professor. I mention this only because I feel like his background offers him a different glimpse of the white worldview that many of us pale people live within. I am learning a lot by reading this book, beginning to question a lot of the things that our society takes as a given. It seems like a book I'd have read in college, but I think I am actually enjoying it more having graduated from college. Don't let that put you off; it is not strictly academic writing, it is quite easy to read.
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This is such a great book. It's really perceptive and intelligently written. I just finished it a few days ago and it's already changing the way I watch TV and film. I'm noticing how the ideology of whiteness in visual media entwines notions of purity and superiority with fears of existential nihilism. The last chapter of the book is particularly fascinating. It discusses the fear of death that's at the root of white people's racial ideations.
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Dyer is one of the most important film critics in the west. His exploration of what race and politics have to do with entertainment is absolutely crucial to understanding movies better. They are not only entertainment but a key to the way modern politics work in everyone's imagination. The only other popular culture critic as astute on this subject is the American writer Armond White and Dyer's latest work makes a welcome pair with White's The Resistance. To challenge film viewers to analyze their own relationship to the ideas and images on screen is among the most significant work a contemporary critic can undertake. Dyer's chapters on Jewel in the Crown and his analysis of western art and the influence of its ideas on popular culture will be important for as longa s there are movies.
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