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Pearl Bowser, Louise Spence
Abstract: This essay explores Oscar Micheaux's silent drama "Body and Soul" (1925) and some of the critical discourses of the period.
It also addresses the politics of racial identity and the quest for racial unity in a period when the class structure within
the African American community was becoming more stratified.
Abstract: For many scholars and students of American film history, the black press campaign against D. W. Griffith's "The Birth of a
Nation" (1915) signifies the founding moment of significant black writing on the cinema. This essay investigates the pre-Birth
film criticism of "New York Age" columnist Lester A. Walton so as to challenge that misconception and recover a lost legacy
of early black film spectatorship.
Abstract: Fritz Lang directed "Scarlet Street" in a triangulated response to his previous film, "The Woman in the Window", and to Jean
Renoir's "La Chienne", which it explicitly remakes. The ambivalent relation among the films is most clear in Lang's treatment
of sound, which reverses Renoir's practice.
Abstract: This essay looks at the historical phenomenon of the western as a focal genre in postwar America. Through discussion of Howard
Hawks's "Red River" and John Ford's "My Darling Clementine", it shows how the western was well suited to convey important
ideological rationales for postwar U.S. foreign policy, including the inevitability of American expansion and the strategies
for hegemony that guided the Truman administration's foreign policy.
Jennifer Hyland Wang
Abstract: Forrest Gump revises popular memories of the 1960s through its representations of gender and race and its visualization of
postwar history. This essay examines how political conservatives used the film to articulate a traditional version of recent
American history and to define their political ground in the 1994 congressional elections.
Paula J. Massood, Anne Morey