From Paintbrush to Pixel
Edited By Wendy Everett
Race, Gender, and Colour
Contents Introduction 7 Chapter One The Aesthetic and Political Situation in the Weimar Republic 19 Chapter Two Bertolt Brecht: “Contradictions are Our Hope!” 51 Chapter Three Friedrich Wolf: Empathy Through Estrangement 97 Chapter Four Gustav von Wangenheim: “An Important, but Unknown Dramatist” 131 Chapter Five The Legacy of Proletarian-Revolutionary Theater in the GDR 155 Conclusion 209 Notes 219 Bibliography 235 Index 251 HILARIA LOYO Blinding Blondes: Whiteness, Femininity, and Stardom Colour as a visible physical characteristic has a range of symbolic connotations but it has also been used to signal racial difference. These senses of colour (hue, skin, symbol) interrelate in particularly unstable ways in the case of ‘white’. Drawing upon Richard Dyer’s ground-breaking work on the instabilities of whiteness in Western culture (1993, 1997), this article will study the ‘blinding blonde’ stereotype, in order to interrogate his view of whiteness as an un- marked category assuming the standard of ‘normal’ and characterized by its invisibility and, therefore, only definable in opposition to non- white and not-fully white Others. Like much of the scholarship on whiteness, this essay will try to make whiteness visible by studying the ‘blinding blonde’ stereotype – also referred to as ‘platinum blonde’ or ‘glamour blonde’ – as a category marked as white from the onset by an artificially bright shade of hair colour. I have delib- erately chosen the term ‘blinding blonde’ because it suggests a larger category encompassing other blonde stereotypes such as the ‘dumb blonde’ – also studied by Dyer (1979), among others – and because it...
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