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January 2005, Week 1


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"Larsson, Donald F" <[log in to unmask]>
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This may be old news, but you may have noted that a "remake" of the film, simply titled "Guess Who," is coming out soon--with a black family (headed by Bernie Mac) trying to accomodate a white boyfriend (Ashton Kutcher).

Don Larsson

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Donald F. Larsson
Department of English
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN  56001
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From: Film and TV Studies Discussion List on behalf of Peter C. Rollins
Sent: Mon 1/3/2005 4:34 PM
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Subject: [SCREEN-L] Reading for the _Guess Who's Coming to Dinner_ debate: Race in US Cinema

_Guess  Who's Coming to Dinner_ debate at SWPCA

As mentioned in an earlier message, the Southwest/Texas PCA/ACA meeting in
February will feature a spirited debate about the putative "radicalism" of
the famous film with Tracy and Hepburn, _Guess Who's Coming to Dinner_.  Robert
B. Toplin will debate Glenn Harris; both are from the History Department at
the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

 A brand-new book from Princeton UP has a pertinent chapter on this topic.

Courtney, Susan. _Hollywood Fantasies of Miscegenation_ (Princeton UP,
2005. 250-294.

Chapter 6 title is "_Guess Who's Coming to Dinner  with Eldridge Cleaver and
the Supreme Court, or Reforming Popular Racial Memory with Hepburn and Tracy_."

This chapter is particularly attentive to film language and should serve us
all as a model in the use of detail to authenticate interpretation of a film

Peter C. Rollins

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Popular Culture Center
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Cleveland, Oklahoma 74020
(918)243-7637 and fax 5995
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The regional meeting for 2005 will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
a favored site for our gatherings. The events will run between February 9-12,
2005 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque (330 Tijera; 505.842.1234) We have gone
to the downtown area of the city where a massive refurbishing has brought in
shopping and dining opportunities of quality. We are excited about the special
hotel rates negotiated by our new leaders. There is even a special graduate
student rate. (See details on web site.)

Organization's Web site with lots of data is below:

Now that I am now emeritus, the best contacts for Southwest/Texas Regional
business are:

Philip Heldrich, Dept. of English, Emporia State University, KS
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Ken Dvorak, Distance Learning, San Jacinto College District, Houston, TX
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Both of these young scholars are at your service.

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