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Representing Black Men - Marcellus Blount

Representing Black Men

By: Marcellus Blount (Editor), George Cunningham (Editor)

Paperback Published: 29th November 1995
ISBN: 9780415907590
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 18 years old

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"Representing Black Men" focuses on gender, race and representation in the literary and cultural work of black men. The book examines the ways in which black masculinities figure within African American and American cultures; the ways in which notions of masculine agency place themselves in constructions of race and gender; and the way in which formal and popular modes of expression create "gendered" and "racial" selves as sites of resistance. The contributors move beyond the demarcation line of the social sciences that have traditionally defined African American men as abscences, and explore the constructions of African American masculinities as presences in the arenas of theory, culture and literature. Drawing on current literary, feminist and cultural theory, they illustrate an alternate field for interrogating a variety of black male subjectivities.
By presenting works by both female and male literary and cultural theorists, "Representing Black Men" provides the first critical forum for contesting and explicating the ways in which African American men are represented in our culture. In addition to adding the voices of black men to current critical debates about American masculinities, the book takes on the conspicuous absences both in current discourse by and about black men, as well as creating an important site for critical and theoretical dialogues on gender and representation in American culture.
Contributors: Elizabeth Alexander, Michael Awkward, Stephen Best, Manthia Diawara, Donald B. Gibson, Cora Kaplan, Wahneema Lubiano, Robert Reid-Pharr, Kendall Thomas.

Introduction: The "Real" Black Man?
A Black Man's Place(s) in Black Feminist Criticismp. 3
"A Cavern Opened in My Mind": The Poetics of Homosexuality and the Politics of Masculinity in James Baldwinp. 27
"Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing": Black Masculinity, Gay Sexuality, and the Jargon of Authenticityp. 55
Violent Ambiguity: Martin Delany, Bourgeois Sadomasochism, and the Production of a Black National Masculinityp. 73
Chapter One of Booker T. Washington's Up from Slavery and the Feminization of the African American Malep. 95
"Stand By Your Man": Richard Wright, Lynch Pedagogy, and Rethinking Black Male Agencyp. 111
Body Politics: Race, Gender, and the Captive Bodyp. 131
"We're Gonna Deconstruct Your Life!": The Making and Un-Making of the Black Bourgeois Patriarch in Ricochetp. 157
"But Compared to What?": Reading Realism, Representation, and Essentialism in School Daze, Do the Right Thing, and the Spike Lee Discoursep. 173
The Absent One: The Avant-Garde and the Black Imaginary in Looking for Langstonp. 205
Selected Bibliographyp. 225
List of Contributorsp. 227
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415907590
ISBN-10: 0415907594
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 29th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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