Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Social Science - 405 pages
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Unthinking Eurocentrism explores issues of Eurocentrism and multiculturalism in relation to popular culture, film and the mass media. The book 'multiculturalizes' media studies by looking at Hollywood movie genres such as the western, the musical and the imperial film from multicultural perspectives, examining issues from the racial politics of casting to colonialist discourse and gender and Empire.
More than just a critique of Eurocentrism and racism, Unthinking Eurocentrism also confirms artistic, cultural and political alternatives, discussing a wide range of non-Eurocentric media including Third World films, rap video and indigenous media. Synthesising literary theory, meida theory and cultural studies to form a challenging interdisciplinary study, the authors argue that current debatess about Eurocentrism and Afrocentrism are merely surface manifestations of a deep-rooted shift: the decolonisation of global culture.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
FROM EUROCENTRISM TO POLYCENTRISM
13
Iracema
33
the Kayapo
36
FORMATIONS OF COLONIALIST DISCOURSE
55
The Discovery of Brazil
65
Columbus on Trial
74
The shadow of the conquest in Sunning Columbus
75
STEREOTYPE REALISM AND THE STRUGGLE OVER
178
History whitewashed in Mississippi Burning
179
Val Kilmer in Thunderheart
207
ETHNICITIESINRELATION
220
the racial dialectics of presenceabsence
225
Fred Astaire and Leroy Daniels in The Band Wagon
228
Grande Otelo in j All True
233
THE THIRD WORLDIST FILM
248

Crispin in The Other Francisco
81
Crusoe and Friday in The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
83
peoples of the world
92
THE IMPERIAL IMAGINARY
100
Around the World in 80 Days and Simba King of the Beasts
106
Sanders of the River and Beau Geste
111
John Wayne in The Searchers
116
Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations
117
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
124
Peter Jennings Striding the world like a Colossus
127
TROPES OF EMPIRE
137
Josephine Baker in Zou Zou
138
Carmen Miranda as fertility goddess in The Gangs All Here
139
Cleopatra 1934
144
Western
152
amplifying the voices on the margins of the Egyptological texts
155
from Rudolph Valentino to Elvis Presley
162
Lawrence of Arabia and Sahara
167
passing the checkpoint in The Battle of Algiers
255
Barren Lives
258
Che Guevara in death
266
Marriage and commodity fetishism in Sembenes Xala
276
the contradictions of filming misery
280
Alexandra Why ?
284
ESTHETICS OF RESISTANCE
292
ToukiBouki
294
Sankofa and Daughters of the Dust
297
How Tasty Was My Frenchman and King Solomons Mines 1985
308
Border Brujo
313
Homage by Assassination and Measures of Distance
320
Renee Greens Hottentot Venus and Coco FuscoGomez Penas Two Undiscovered Amerindians
323
Babakiueria Slaying the Dragon and Introduction to the End of an Argument
330
THE POLITICS OF MULTICULTURALISM IN
338
Select bibliography
363
Index
381
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Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. Among his many publications are Literature through Film: Realism, Magic, and the Art of Adaptation (2004); Film Theory: An Introduction (2000); Francois Truffaut and Friends (2006); Tropical Multiculturalism: A Comparative History of Race in Brazilian Cinema and Culture (1997); and Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism, and Film (1989).

Robert Stam is University Professor at New York University. His many books include "Film Theory: An Introduction" (Blackwell, 2000)," Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media" (with Ella Shohat, 1994), and "Subversive Pleasures: Bakhtin, Cultural Criticism and Film" (1989). With Toby Miller, he is the editor of "Film and Theory" (Blackwell, 2000) and "The Blackwell Companion to Film Theory" (2000).

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