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dc.contributor.advisorBremen, Brian A.en
dc.creatorBurns, Patricia Maryen
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-26T21:35:21Zen
dc.date.available2011-09-26T21:35:21Zen
dc.date.issued2011-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-3751en
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dc.description.abstractTesting the Seams of the American Dream: Minority Literature and Film in the Early Cold War delineates the concept of the liberal tolerance agenda in early Cold War. The liberal tolerance message of the U.S. government, the Democratic Party, and others endorsed racial tolerance and envisioned the possibility of a future free from racism and inequality. Filmmakers in often disseminated a liberal message similar to that of the politicians in the form of “race problem” films. My shows how these films and the liberal tolerance agenda as a whole promises racial equality to the racial minority in exchange for hard work, patriotism, education, and a belief in the majority culture. My first chapter, “Washing White the Racial Subject: Hollywood’s First Black Problem Film,” performs a close reading of Arthur Laurents 1946 play Home of the Brave, which features a Jewish American protagonist, in conjunction with a reading of the 1949 film version, which has an African American protagonist. The differences between the two texts reveal the slippages in the liberal tolerance agenda and signal the inability of filmmakers to envision racial equality on the big screen. “The American Institution and the Racial Subject,” my second chapter, discusses the 1949 film Pinky as well as Américo Paredes’s George Washington Gómez and Monica Sone’s Nisei Daughter. All of these works suggests that the attainment of education promises entry into the mainstream by racial minorities, yet Paredes and Sone question this process by interpreting it as resulting in the dual segregation of their protagonists. My third chapter, “Earning and Cultural Capital: The Work that Determines Place,” looks at the promise that with hard work anyone can attain the American Dream. I show how the 1951 film Go for Broke!, Ann Petry’s The Street, and José Antonio Villarreal’s Pocho work to dispel this American myth. My final chapter, “The Regrets of Dissent: Blacklists and the Race Question,” examines the 1954 film Salt of the Earth alongside Chester Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go and John Okada’s No-No Boy to reveal the dangerous mixture of race and dissent in this era.en
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dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectCold Waren
dc.subjectMinority literatureen
dc.subjectAfrican Americanen
dc.subjectMexican Americanen
dc.subjectJapanese Americanen
dc.subjectHome of the braveen
dc.subjectStanley Krameren
dc.subjectArthur Laurentsen
dc.subjectFrank Capraen
dc.subjectAnn Petryen
dc.subjectThe streeten
dc.subjectJose Antonio Villarrealen
dc.subjectPochoen
dc.subjectGo for brokeen
dc.subjectAmerico Paredesen
dc.subjectGeorge Washington Gomezen
dc.subjectMonica Soneen
dc.subjectNisei Daughteren
dc.subjectPinkyen
dc.subjectChester Himesen
dc.subjectIf he hollers let him goen
dc.subjectJohn Okadaen
dc.subjectNo-No Boyen
dc.subjectSalt of the earthen
dc.subjectDissenten
dc.titleTesting the seams of the American dream : minority literature and film in the early Cold Waren
dc.date.updated2011-09-26T21:35:31Zen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-08-3751en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWilks, Jenniferen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLee, Juliaen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMiller, Karlen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKackman, Michaelen
dc.description.departmentEnglishen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentEnglishen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen


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