African American Cinema through Black Lives Consciousness
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African American Cinema through Black Lives Consciousness

Mark A. Reid

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African American Cinema through Black Lives Consciousness

Mark A. Reid

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African American Cinema through Black Lives Consciousness uses critical race theory to discuss American films that embrace contemporary issues of race, sexuality, class, and gender. Its linear history chronicles black-oriented narrative film from post–World War II through the presidential administration of Barack Obama. Editor Mark A. Reid has assembled a stellar list of contributors who approach their film analyses as an intersectional practice that combines queer theory, feminism/womanism, and class analytical strategies alongside conventional film history and theory. Taken together, the essays invigorate a "Black Lives Consciousness, " which speaks to the value of black bodies that might be traumatized and those bodies that are coming into being-ness through intersectional theoretical analysis and everyday activism. The volume includes essays such as Gerald R. Butters's, "Blaxploitation Film, " which charts the genre and its uses of violence, sex, and misogyny to provoke a realization of other philosophical and sociopolitical themes that concern intersectional praxis. Dan Flory's "African-American Film Noir" explains the intertextual—fictional and socio-ecological—dynamics of black action films. Melba J. Boyd's essay, "'Who's that Nigga on that Nag?': Django Unchained and the Return of the Blaxploitation Hero, " argues that the film provides cultural and historical insight, "signifies" on blackface stereotypes, and chastises Hollywood cinema's misrepresentation of slavery. African American Cinema through Black Lives Consciousness embraces varied social experiences within a cinematic Black Lives Consciousness intersectionality.The interdisciplinary quality of the anthology makes it approachable to students and scholars of fields ranging from film to culture to African American studies alike.

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Abrams, Kathryn, 184, 199
Africa and African past, Gerima on, 195–96
African American film noir, 121–23
distinctive traits of, 134
and early African American neo-noir, 123–26
heyday of, 126–32
ongoing legacy and influence of, 132–34
African American neo-noir, 123–26
African Americans
advancements of, 60
cinematic representations of, 212, 214–15
control over representations of, 236
history of involvement of, in feature filmmaking, 1–7
ignorance regarding, in For Love of Ivy, 66–68, 71
agency. See also black agency; black female agency
defined, 184
transformative, in Bush Mama and Sankofa, 197–99
Aggressives, The, 268–69
Allan, Tuzyline Jita, 208–9
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, 133
Anderson, Benedict, 285
antiheroism, and Negro Spiritual Woman, 238–40
autography, 286
Baldwin, Bridgette, 190
Baldwin, James, 23
Bambara, Toni Cade, 213–14
Bamboozled, 132–33, 214–15
Baraka, Amiri, 25
Barnes, Steven, 248
Beast of the Southern Wild, 244–47
Beauboeuf-Lafontant, Tamara, 240
Before Sunrise, 161
Before Sunset, 161
Beloved (Morrison), 210
Bennett, Lerone Jr., 88–89
Berger, Maurice, 236
Bergner, Gwen, 24, 31, 32
Beugnet, Martine, 161
Birth of a Nation, 238–39
black agency, 48, 55, 56–58. See also black female agency
black anger
in African American film noir, 125, 126
in The Secret Life of Bees, 222–23
“black cinema,” 124
Black Eye, 124
black female agency
in Gerima films, 1...

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Introduction
  8. I. Postwar Film Treatment of the Civil Rights Era: The Fifties through the Sixties
  9. II. The Blaxploitation Film and Pastiche
  10. III. PostNegritude Black Film: Pastiche and Race
  11. IV. Black Cinematic Womanist Praxis
  12. V. Sexual and Racial Polyphony in New Black Films
  13. Contributors
  14. Index