Border Patrolling and ‘ ‘ Passing ’ ’ in Eminem ’ s 8 Mile

  title={Border Patrolling and ‘ ‘ Passing ’ ’ in Eminem ’ s 8 Mile},
  author={Eric Watts},
This essay argues that the semi-biographical film 8 Mile represents Eminem as being both racially distinctive and as possessing universal commercial appeal. 8 Mile accomplishes this paradoxical construction by portraying ‘‘Rabbit’’ as ‘‘white trash,’’ a discursively ‘‘dark’’ (white) object, and as an American mythological white subject. The film makes whiteness hyper-visible by subjecting it to raced and gendered struggles. Through real and symbolic violence, Rabbit battles ‘‘dark’’ villains… CONTINUE READING

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