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Jane,

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."

Good luck,

Greg Oguss
USC School of Cinema-TV

At 10:49 AM 2/26/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>Hello,
>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.
>Thanks,
>Jane
>
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