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Richard Dyer

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White by Richard Dyer is a scholarly analysis of the construction of whiteness as a racial marker, ideal type, and hue through various media from the fifteenth century to the present day. By focusing particularly on representations of whiteness in photography and film, the author skillfully combines his technical expertise in those fields with his critical scholar's view of how media both inform and reflect their subject matter. The book touches upon whiteness as hue, skin color, and symbol; whiteness as an ideal model in photography; whiteness as a human norm; and whiteness as nothingness or death. Some examples of recurring themes involve marginality and non-whiteness, whiteness as a gendered concept, and whiteness as sexual anxiety.