Everett Cafe: The Award Goes to Mis / Representation

| February 25, 2019

190225_Display_1080x1920The Oscars have not been without controversy, from this year’s lack of host, to surprising nominations of the best films. Like cinematic productions, awards may involve false or misleading contexts to sway opinion, even if misrepresentation is rightfully exercised through freedom of speech and artistic license.

But … you make ask… What about the larger context  — other important segments of society that inform publishing, politics, government, education, health and medicine? Is Misrepresentation (perhaps including bias, labelling, stereotyping, lies) as rife a theme there as in Hollywood? One doesn’t have to look too far, with the following range of examples:  Prizing Children’s Literature: The Cultural Politics of Children’s Book Awards (Kidd and Tomas, eds., 2016); Aging, But Never Old: The Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement (Bludau, 2010); Insincere Promises: The Law of Misrepresented Intent (Ayres and Klass, 2005) …  In truth, its very rifeness motivated us to focus on a newsy slant on par with the hot topics featured regularly in Everett Cafe: The 91st Academy Awards, broadcast live, Sunday, February 24th, 2019. Before the glam and glitz we reined in the literature, giving Misrepresentation some definition and shape.

On display through the end of March, The Award Goes to Mis / Representation features books about awards in film and media, with examples drawn from the Hollywood industry. It asks us to confront controversial issues with a critical lens so we can better understand the filmmaker’s intent and develop more informed opinions about pressing societal matters. That said, tensions and sensitivities may still be running high, wherever we are …  Listen to the February 26th New York Times podcast, What Hollywood Keeps Getting Wrong About Race, with Welsey Morris who talks about Green Book, 2019 Best Picture Winner.

Power_PlaceAitken, Stuart C. and Leon E. Zonn. Place, Power, Situation and Spectacle: A Geography of Film. Latham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1994.

Cafe PN1995 .P58 1994



Oscar_DearestBrown, Peter H. and Jim Pinkston. Oscar Dearest: Six Decades of Scandal, Politics, and Greed Behind Hollywood’s Academy Awards, 1927-1986.  New York: Perennial Library, 1987.

Cafe PN1993.92 .B76 1987



Beyond_BlackfaceBrundage, W Fitzhugh, ed. Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011.




Gender_mediaElliott, Carole; Valerie Stead; Sharon Mavin; and Jannine Williams, eds. Gender, Media, and Organization: Challenging Mis(s)representations of Women Leaders and Managers.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2016.

Cafe HD6054.3 .G46 2016



ScreamingGalang, M. Evelina, ed. Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian American Images. Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2003.

Cafe  PS508.A8 S37 2003



Image_EthicsGross, Larry. P;  John Stuart Katz; and Jay Ruby, eds. Image Ethics: The Moral Rights of Subjects in Photographs, Film, and Television. New York : Oxford University Press, c1988.





SmokeHearne, Joanna. Smoke Signals: Native Cinema Rising. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012.




Seeing_RedHowe, LeAnn; Harvey Markowitz; and Denise K. Cummings, eds. Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins : American Indians and Film. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2012.




All_AboutLevy, Emanuel. All About Oscar? The History and Politics of the Academy Awards. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Cafe PN1993.92 .L47 2003



GayLevy, Emanuel. Gay Directors, Gay Films?: Pedro Almodâovar, Terence Davies, Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, John Waters.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

Cafe PN1995.9.H55 L48 2015



DiversityLuthar, Catherine; Carolyn Ringer Lepre; and Naeemah Clark. Diversity in U.S. Mass Media.  2nd ed. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.

Cafe P94.5.M552 U6515 2018



L_WordMcFadden, Margaret. The L Word. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014.





Media_DepictionsRuggero, Alena Amata. Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers. Latham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.




IMagicSchweniger, Lee. Imagic Moments: Indigenous North American Film. Athens: University of Georgia Press, c2013.




Hollywood'sSteven, Mintz, Randy Roberts and David Welky. Hollywood’s America: Understanding History Through Film. 5th ed. New York: Wiley-Blackwell , 2016.




LatinRodriguez, Clare. Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media.  Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997.

Cafe P94.5.H582 U65 1997



MigratingStewart, Jacqueline Najuma. Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity. Berkeley: University of California, Press, 2005.




jane_AustenTrust, Linda and Sayre Greenfield. Jane Austen in Hollywood. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, c2001.

Cafe PR4038.F55 J36 2001



Red_WhiteWilderson, Frank B., III. Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms. Durham, NC : Duke University Press, c2010.

Cafe PN1995.9.M56 W55 2010



ReelYuen, Nancy Wang. Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism.  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016.

Cafe PN1995.9.M56 Y83 2017



Be sure to read the related blog: Today in History: First Academy Awards Announced, and check out the following books in Everett Cafe (they circulate for two weeks).

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