This course examines the multifaceted ways in which racial and ethnic identity has been represented in American film. Drawing on political science, sociology, anthropology, and film and media studies, we assess the ways in which the mainstream media in the United States—focusing primarily on the Hollywood film industry—has portrayed different population groups and shaped our understanding of what it means to be American. The course addresses issues of social stratification, and considers the intersection of identity and politics by analyzing historical shifts in cinematic representation in the United States.
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