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"A Struggle of Contending Stories": Race, Gender, and Political Memory in "Forrest Gump"

Jennifer Hyland Wang
Cinema Journal
Vol. 39, No. 3 (Spring, 2000), pp. 92-115
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225535
Page Count: 24
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"A Struggle of Contending Stories": Race, Gender, and Political Memory in "Forrest Gump"
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Abstract

Forrest Gump revises popular memories of the 1960s through its representations of gender and race and its visualization of postwar history. This essay examines how political conservatives used the film to articulate a traditional version of recent American history and to define their political ground in the 1994 congressional elections.

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