On April 21, University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television Asst. Professor Dr. Anna Cooper‘s first single-authored book The American Abroad was published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
In the book, Prof. Cooper explores how postwar Hollywood cinema adopted elements of British and French imperial visual culture, transforming them to suit a new United Statesian context. Cooper argues that four visual discourses, in particular the sublime, the ethnographic, the picturesque, and glamour, became building blocks in the development of a new American visual language.
A review by University of California Professor Peter Limbrick states “By illuminating the way that the ‘dream factory’ imagined a Europe that exists primarily for the white traveler, Cooper’s study contributes to a richer understanding of U.S. imperialism and its cinematic narratives.”More at Bloomsbury Publishing