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Title Narrating American gender and ethnic identities / edited by Aleksandra M. Różalska and Grażyna Zygadło
Published Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 255 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction. American Gender and Ethnic Identities Revisited / Aleksandra M. Różalska and Grażyna Zygadło -- Part I: Gender and Sexuality in Film and Literature. Bitchy, Messy, Queer. Femininity and Camp in Maysles Brothers' Grey Gardens, its HBO Remake, and Krzysztof Warlikowski's Tramway / Agnieszka Graff -- "I Will Make a Man Out of You": The Im(Possibility) of Female Individualism in Disney's Animated Films / Justyna Fruzińska -- Masking of Identities: The Portrait of Femme Fatale in the American Film Noir / Małgorzata Martynuska -- What to Do with Her? Female Law Enforcement Figures in American Cinema / Elżbieta Durys -- The Watermelon Woman and Black Queer Cinema / Krystyna Mazur -- Illustrating Letters to God: Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple Twenty-Five Years After / Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko -- The Fantasy of Liberation: Politics, Pornography, and Women's Lives in Running Dog / Heather Hadar Wright -- Experiencing a Place. Discovering Oneself. The Inhabitants of Barbara Kingsolver's Southern Appalachians in Prodigal Summer / Katarzyna Czerwiec-Dykiel -- Part II: American Experiences of Ethnic Diversity. "Alma entre dos mundos": Spatial Metaphors in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes / Paulina Ambroży -- California after the US Conquest and the Status Anxiety: Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don / Katarzyna Nowak -- American Narrative of the Return to the "Peripheries" in Bernard Malamud's Pictures of Fidelman and Alejo Carpentier's Concierto Barroco / Dominika Bugno-Narecka -- Native Americans in Television Narratives: Dr. Quinn, the Medicine Woman and Northern Exposure / Aleksandra M. Różalska -- Visualizing Sensory Identities: Exploring Ways of Perception among Small Communities in Auto-driven Photographic Project by Oneida and Polish Youth Conducted in 2007-2008 / Alicja Froń -- Native-American Responses to America: William Apess and Leslie Marmon Silko / Manlio Della Marca -- The Symbolism of Blue Eyes in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie / Grażyna Zygadło -- Race, Ethnicity, and Welfare: How Does Diversity Challenge Redistribution in the US? / Emilia Świętochowska
Summary " ... investigates two major issues within contemporary American Studies: cultural representations of various minorities (ethnic, religious, sexual) and of women in intersectional contexts of race, class, and sexuality. The first part of the volume, "Gender and Sexuality in Film and Literature", analyzes different film genres and literary accounts in reference to those aspects of gender and sexuality that are related to identity. Various cultural texts are discussed from perspectives deriving from feminist, gender, and LGBT studies, intersectionality theories, as well as film studies. The second part, "American Experiences of Ethnic Diversity", dwells upon ethnic and racial problems of American multicultural society and complex interrelationships between the dominant and the marginalized (the center and the periphery). It also focuses on the issue of one's "(un)fitting" into the dominant culture, mainstream politics, and canon. The book is mostly addressed to scholars and students of American Studies but will also be noteworthy to anybody interested in the United States, literature, and the media. Selected chapters of this volume can be used as a point of departure for discussions -- both scholarly and student -- on contemporary challenges to the idea of multiculturalism, the complex role of various intersections (e.g., race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, religion, class, dis/ability, etc.) in shaping minority subjectivities, as well as feminist responses to and reading of dominant women's literary and filmic representations."--Provided by publisher
Notes "Narrating American Gender and Ethnic Identities is the outcome of the annual international conference of the Polish Association for American Studies in 2010"--Page 1
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject American literature -- History and criticism -- Congresses.
Ethnicity in literature -- Congresses.
Ethnicity in motion pictures -- Congresses.
Gender identity in literature -- Congresses.
Gender identity in motion pictures -- Congresses.
Minorities -- United States -- Congresses.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Form Electronic book
Author Różalska, Aleksandra M., editor
Zygadło, Grażyna, editor
Polish Association for American Studies, sponsor
ISBN 1443850209 (electronic bk.)
9781443850209 (electronic bk.)