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The Michael Eric Dyson Reader - Michael Dyson

The Michael Eric Dyson Reader

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Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. , Tupac Shakur, and many more, Michael Eric Dyson has emerged as the leading African-American intellectual of his generation. This collection gathers the best of Dyson's vast and growing body of work from the last several years: his most incisive commentary, the most stirring passages, and the sharpest, most probing and broadminded critical analyses. From Michael Jordan to the role of religion in public life, from Toni Morrison to patriotism in the wake of 9/11, the mastery and ease with which Dyson tackles just about any subject of relevance to black America today is without parallel.

"Michael Eric Dyson is the most talented and articulate intellectual of his generation." Cornel West"

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Why I Am an Intellectual
Dysonography
Not from Some Zeus's Head: My Intellectual Developmentp. 3
Letter to My Brother, Everett, in Prisonp. 19
This I Believep. 32
Theories of Race
The Liberal Theory of Racep. 37
When You're a Credit to Your Race, the Bill Will Come Due: O. J. Simpson and Our Trial by Firep. 46
Affirmative Action
Debating Affirmative Actionp. 69
A Reprieve for Affirmative Actionp. 86
Multiculturalism
Leonard Jeffries and the Struggle for the Black Mindp. 91
Shakespeare and Smokey Robinson: Revisiting the Culture Warsp. 96
Whiteness Studies
The Labor of Whiteness, the Whiteness of Labor, and the Perils of Whitewishingp. 107
Giving Whiteness a Black Eyep. 113
Gender Views
The Plight of Black Menp. 137
Another Saturday Night, or Have All the Brothers Gone to White Women?p. 147
In O. J.'s Shadow: Kobe Bryant's Predicamentp. 167
Afro-Baptist Radicalism and Rhetoric
"God Almighty Has Spoken from Washington D.C.": American Society and Christian Faithp. 173
Gardner Taylor: The Poet Laureate of the American Pulpitp. 192
"Somewhere I Read of the Freedom of Speech": Constructing a Unique Voicep. 202
Religion and Sexuality
When You Divide Body and Soul, Problems Multiply: The Black Church and Sexualityp. 219
Homotextualities: The Bible, Sexual Ethics, and the Theology of Homoeroticismp. 238
Biocriticism and Black Icons
X Marks the Plots: A Critical Reading of Malcolm's Readersp. 261
Mixed Blessings: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Lessons of an Ambiguous Heroismp. 287
"Give Me a Paper and Pen": Tupac's Place in Hip-Hopp. 306
Cinema Noir
Spike Lee's Neonationalist Visionp. 327
Between Apocalypse and Redemption: John Singleton's Boyz N the Hoodp. 334
Ghettocentricity and the New Black Cinemap. 349
The Soul Musics of Black Folk
The Promise and Perils of Contemporary Gospel Musicp. 363
Mariah Carey and "Authentic" Black Musicp. 367
Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Mep. 370
The Great Next: Jazz Origins and the Anatomy of Improvisationp. 376
Hip-Hop Culture
The Culture of Hip-Hopp. 401
Gangsta Rap and American Culturep. 411
We Never Were What We Used to Be: Black Youth, Pop Culture, and the Politics of Nostalgiap. 418
The Predicament of Postmodernity
Michael Jackson's Postmodern Spiritualityp. 443
Be Like Mike? Michael Jordan and the Pedagogy of Desirep. 461
Is Postmodernism Just Modernism in Drag?p. 469
Coda: The Life of the Mind
It's Not What You Know, It's How You Show It: Black Public Intellectualsp. 493
Notesp. 511
Creditsp. 533
Indexp. 535
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780465017713
ISBN-10: 0465017711
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1