ERIC Number: EJ776421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Symposium: Talking about Race and Whiteness in "Crash"
Middleton, Joyce Irene
College English, v69 n4 p321-334 Mar 2007
Teaching films like "Crash" gives teachers and researchers the opportunity to discuss films as social texts that engage students in critical thinking and self-reflection. This particular movie is especially effective in its use of a pulp-fiction visual rhetoric. Unfortunately, the film equates and replaces the term "race" with the term "prejudice" and then argues that everyone is a little prejudiced. The result is a missed opportunity to investigate whiteness as a powerful social construction.
Descriptors: Films, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Race, College English, Whites, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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