Northwestern assistant professor to publish reviews dealing with race in American cinema

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Northwestern assistant professor to publish reviews dealing with race in American cinema

An assistant professor of English at Northwestern Oklahoma State University was invited through Call for Papers to participate in a project that will lead to future publications.

Dr. Richmond B. Adams will publish in a three-volume collection of reviews over four individual films that were created before the 1960s. The publication titled: Racial Representation in American Cinema: The Complete Resource, targets the relationship between race and American cinema.

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“The American writer William Faulkner categorized slavery as America’s original sin, and American film has portrayed its manifestations through the issue of race since its beginnings 120 years ago,” Adams said.

Adams will review Judge Priest (1934) starring Oklahoma’s Will Rogers, its remake The Sun Shines Bright (1953), The Searchers (1956) starring John Wayne, and lastly, Gone with the Wind (1939) starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel.

“The four films that I am reviewing explore various aspects of racial tension, conflict and, at least in three of them, sequences that undermine racial hierarchy in ways that almost escape notice, but upon reflection are quite powerful,” Adams said.

The collection will be published in 2016 through Santa Barbara ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press.

For more information on Adams’ publications please contact him at (580) 327-8428 or through email at rbadams@nwosu.edu.

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