Nordic Exposures: Scandinavian Identities in Classical by Arne Lunde

By Arne Lunde

Nordic Exposures explores how Scandinavian whiteness and ethnicity functioned in classical Hollywood cinema among and through the 2 international wars. Scandinavian identities may seem mutable and developed at moments, whereas at different instances they have been deployed as representatives of a necessary, organic, and ordinary class. As Northern ecu Protestants, Scandinavian immigrants and emigres assimilated into the mainstream rights and merits of white American id with relatively few limitations or stumbling blocks. but Arne Lunde demonstrates that faraway from easily manifesting a normative unmarked whiteness, Scandinavianness in mass-immigration the USA and in Hollywood cinema of the 20 th century may be hyperwhite, provisionally off-white, or no longer even white at all.

Lunde investigates key silent motion pictures, resembling Technicolor's The Viking (1928), Victor Sjostrom's He Who will get Slapped (1924), and Mauritz Stiller's inn Imperial (1927). The crises of Scandinavian international voice and the talkie revolution are explored in Greta Garbo's first sound movie, Anna Christie (1930). the writer additionally examines Warner Oland's lengthy occupation of Asian racial masquerade (most famously as chinese language detective Charlie Chan), in addition to Hollywood's and 3rd Reich Cinema's battle over assimilating the Nordic woman big name within the personae of Garbo, Sonja Henie, Ingrid Bergman, Kristina Soderbaum, and Zarah Leander.

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Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths by Scientific American Editors

By Scientific American Editors

Fact or Fiction: technology Tackles fifty eight renowned Myths through the Editors of clinical American

Did NASA quite spend thousands making a pen that may write in house? Is chocolate toxic to canine? Does pressure reason grey hair? those questions are only a pattern of the city lore investigated during this booklet, truth or Fiction: technology Tackles fifty eight renowned Myths. Drawing from clinical American's "Fact or Fiction" and "Strange yet precise" columns, we have chosen fifty eight of the main astounding, interesting, beneficial and simply undeniable wacky themes faced via our writers through the years. every one short article uncovers the reality at the back of daily mythology, beginning with part One, "In the Animal Kingdom," the place we research a number of the extra outlandish claims approximately our fellow earthly population, comparable to even if elephants particularly take note every thing and even if a cockroach can stay with no its head. different sections disguise replica, the surroundings, know-how and private and psychological healthiness. whereas the solutions to a couple questions, similar to no matter if bogs rather do flush within the wrong way south of the Equator, may well simply serve to elevate your Trivial Pursuit wisdom, others, akin to even if to pee on a jellyfish sting or wake a sleepwalker, may perhaps turn out to be useful. even though this book represents a fragment of circulating people knowledge and concrete mythology, we are hoping that it truly is an relaxing fraction and that it encourages you to perform a little debunking yourself.

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