The Subject of Film and Race: Retheorizing Politics, Ideology, and Cinema

The Subject of Film and Race: Retheorizing Politics, Ideology, and Cinema

by Gerald Sim


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The Subject of Film and Race is the first comprehensive intervention into how film critics and scholars have sought to understand cinema's relationship to racial ideology. In attempting to do more than merely identify harmful stereotypes, research on 'films and race' appropriates ideas from post-structuralist theory. But on those platforms, the field takes intellectual and political positions that place its anti-racist efforts at an impasse. While presenting theoretical ideas in an accessible way, Gerald Sim's historical materialist approach uniquely triangulates well-known work by Edward Said with the Neo-Marxian writing about film by Theodor Adorno and Fredric Jameson. The Subject of Film and Race takes on topics such as identity politics, multiculturalism, multiracial discourse, and cyborg theory, to force film and media studies into rethinking their approach, specifically towards humanism and critical subjectivity. The book illustrates theoretical discussions with a diverse set of familiar films by John Ford, Michael Mann, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino, Keanu Reeves, and others, to show that we must always be aware of capitalist history when thinking about race, ethnicity, and films.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623561840
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Gerald Sim is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Florida Atlantic University, USA. His writing on topics ranging from national cinema to digital cinematography, financial television, and film music theory appears in Film Quarterly, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Projections, Rethinking Marxism, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Discourse, and other venues.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: What is Critical Race Film Studies?

Chapter 1: Key Developments in Critical Race Film Studies
First Generation CriticismSecond Generation Criticism
Separate and Equal: The Impact of Identity Politics

Chapter 2: Theorizing Race with a Wide Open Text: The Searchers
Searching for Closure, Ford, and Ethan

Chapter 3: Poststructuralism and the Neo-Marxian Subject
Critical Subjects, Cinema, and the Culture Industry
The Subject of Adorno's Contradictions
Racial Subjects and the Problem of Biological Essentialism

Chapter 4: Postcolonial Hazards: Edward Said and Film Studies
Film Studies' Poststructuralist Readings of Orientalism
What is a Saidian Methodology for Race in Film Studies?

Chapter 5: Postmodern Multiracial, Keanu Reeves
Hybridity, Postmodern Subjectivity, and Keanu Reeves
Multiracials and Postmodern Ahistoricism
Hybrid Politics in Film Studies
Cyborg Metaphors

A Materialist Method for Critical Race Film Studies


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