Hollywood's Hawaii: Race, Nation, and War

Hollywood's Hawaii: Race, Nation, and War

by Delia Malia Caparoso Konzett

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Whether presented as exotic fantasy, a strategic location during World War II, or a site combining postwar leisure with military culture, Hawaii and the South Pacific figure prominently in the U.S. national imagination. Hollywood’s Hawaii is the first full-length study of the film industry’s intense engagement with the Pacific region from 1898 to the present.
Delia Malia Caparoso Konzett highlights films that mirror the cultural and political climate of the country over more than a century—from the era of U.S. imperialism on through Jim Crow racial segregation, the attack on Pearl Harbor and WWII, the civil rights movement, the contemporary articulation of consumer and leisure culture, as well as the buildup of the modern military industrial complex. Focusing on important cultural questions pertaining to race, nationhood, and war, Konzett offers a unique view of Hollywood film history produced about the national periphery for mainland U.S. audiences. Hollywood’s Hawaii presents a history of cinema that examines Hawaii and the Pacific and its representations in film in the context of colonialism, war, Orientalism, occupation, military buildup, and entertainment. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813587455
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: War Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

DELIA MALIA CAPAROSO KONZETT is an associate professor of English, cinema, and women’s studies at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She is the author of Ethnic Modernisms: Anzia Yezierska, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rhys, and the Aesthetics of Dislocation.

Table of Contents

Cover Page Series Page Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Contents Acknowledgments Introduction. The American Empire in the South Pacific and Its Representation in Hollywood Cinema, 1898–Present Chapter 1. The South Pacific and Hawaii on Screen. Territorial Expansion and Cinematic Colonialism Hawaii. A Territorial Acquisition in Film South Seas Fantasies. Settler Colonialism, Race, and the National Imaginary Modernism, Visual Assimilation, and the Aborted Interracial Romance Mass Ornament, Plantation Culture, and the Spectacle of Nationhood Imminent War and the End of South Seas Fantasies Chapter 2. World War II Hawaii. Orientalism and the American Century John Ford’s Orientalism Hawaii and World War II Orientalism Wartime Hawaii as National Mass Ornament American Midwesterners in the Pacific. The Battle of Midway Imagining a Multiethnic America. Orientalism and World War II Pacific Combat Films Yellowface, Orientalism, and World War II B Films Chapter 3. Postwar Hawaii and the Birth of the Military-Industrial Complex From Here to Eternity. Time, Nation, and War Prostitution and the Birth of the Military-Industrial Complex in Hawaii Big Jim McLain. John Wayne and the Imperial Military Body Go for Broke! Resistance, Ambivalence, and the Struggle for National Recognition Technicolor, Race, and the New South Pacific Blue Hawaii. Leisure Culture and the Military-Industrial Complex Chapter 4. Conclusion. The New Cultural Amnesia in Contemporary Cinema and Television Race, Land, and Property The Military-Entertainment Complex Revisited Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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