America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender,and Sexuality at the Movies

  title={America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender,and Sexuality at the Movies},
  author={Harry M. Benshoff and Sean Griffin},
Acknowledgments. How to Use This Book. Part I: Culture and American Film: . 1. Introduction to the Study of Film Form and Representation . Film Form. American Ideologies: Discrimination and Resistance. Culture and Cultural Studies. Case Study: The Lion King (1994). Questions for Discussion. Further Reading. 2. The Structure and History of Hollywood Filmmaking . Hollywood vs. Independent Film. The Style of Hollywood Cinema. The Business of Hollywood. The History of Hollywood: The Movies Begin… 
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According to author (and / or quoted authors within the chapter) what is the value of tragedy or how does it function in readers' lives?
Based on what we've discussed in class about the Horatio Alger myth, would you say that the author's examples fit this archetype or differ from it? Choose a specific example and explain your response
Can you think of any others (or examples of television shows) that support her argument? Name at least one and explain how or why you think it is relevant to Walters' argument
Cite specific similarities between literary tragedy and tabloid tragedy as noted by the author
Does Walters think that women's roles in film or tv have improved over the years? 2. What does Walters mean by "postfeminism" and a "postfeminist discourse
How does Walters compare the current backlash against feminism to other backlashes like that of the 1940s and 50s?
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