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Romance and the Yellow Peril: Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction Gina Marchetti

Romance and the Yellow Peril: Race, Sex, and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction

Gina Marchetti

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ISBN : 9780520079748
Hardcover
258 pages
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Hollywood films about Asians and interracial sexuality are the focus of Gina Marchettis provocative new work. While miscegenation might seem an unlikely theme for Hollywood, Marchetti shows how fantasy-dramas of interracial rape, lynching, tragicMoreHollywood films about Asians and interracial sexuality are the focus of Gina Marchettis provocative new work. While miscegenation might seem an unlikely theme for Hollywood, Marchetti shows how fantasy-dramas of interracial rape, lynching, tragic love, and model marriage are powerfully evident in American cinema.The author begins with a discussion of D. W. Griffiths Broken Blossoms, then considers later films such as Shanghai Express, Madame Butterfly, and the recurring geisha movies. She also includes some fascinating forgotten films that have been overlooked by critics until now.Marchetti brings the theoretical perspective of recent writing on race, ethnicity, and gender to her analyses of film and television and argues persuasively that these media help to perpetuate social and racial inequality in America. Noting how social norms and taboos have been simultaneously set and broken by Hollywood filmmakers, she discusses the orientalist tensions underlying the construction of American cultural identity. Her book will be certain to interest readers in film, Asian, womens, and cultural studies.