Race under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle's Toxi by Angelica FennerRace under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle's Toxi by Angelica Fenner

Race under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle's Toxi

byAngelica Fenner

Hardcover | June 11, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info

$53.10 online 
$61.00 list price save 12%
Earn 266 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Race Under Reconstruction in German Cinema investigates postwar racial formations via a pivotal West German film by one of the most popular and prolific directors of the era. The release of Robert Stemmle's Toxi (1952) coincided with the enrolment in West German schools of the first five hundred Afro-German children fathered by African-American occupation soldiers. The didactic plot traces the ideological conflicts that arise among members of a patrician family when they encounter an Afro-German child seeking adoption, herein broaching issues of integration at a time when the American civil rights movement was gaining momentum and encountering violent resistance.

Perceptions of 'Blackness' in Toxi demonstrate continuities with those prevailing in Wilhelmine Germany, but also signal the influence of American social science discourse and tropes originating in icons of American popular culture, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin, Birth of a Nation, and several Shirley Temple films. By applying a Cultural Studies approach to individual film sequences, publicity photos, and press reviews, Angelica Fenner relates West German discourses around race and integration to emerging economic and political anxieties, class antagonism, and the reinstatement of conventional gender roles.

The film Toxi is now available on DVD from the DEFA Film Library.

Angelica Fenner is an associate professor in the Cinema Studies Institute at Innis College and in the German Department of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto.
Title:Race under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle's ToxiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.36 × 6.33 × 0.96 inPublished:June 11, 2011Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442640081

ISBN - 13:9781442640085

Look for similar items by category:


Editorial Reviews

'Race under Construction is an intriguing, even bold effort to read an entire era and its concerns through a single text.' - Jaimey Fisher - Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies vol 50:02:2014