Jane Gaines has done some really interesting work on this issue surrounding
questions of performance and aesthetics in early African American cinema.
See her article "Scar of Shame: Skin Color and Caste in Black Silent
Melodrama" in Cinema Journal 26.4 (1987). Or her latest book which is
called (I think) "Fire and Ice."
USC School of Cinema-TV
At 10:49 AM 2/26/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>I was wondering if anyone could lead me to articles and/or books dealing
>with race and performance in popular media (specifically, how race gets
>performed through visual tropes and aesthetic styles). Also, general
>literature dealing with race and ethnicity in mainstream science fiction
>films. I'm particularly interested in work that has been done (if any) on
>these issues as they might relate to the construction or appropriation of
>Asian or Asian American identity.
>Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
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