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Black manhood on the silent screen

Author: Gerald R Butters
Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, ©2002.
Series: Culture America.
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"Black Manhood on the Silent Screen is unique in that it takes contemporary and original film theory, applies it to the distinctive body of African American independent films in the silent era, and relates the meaning of these films to larger political, social, and intellectual events in American society. By showing how both white and black men have defined their own sense of manhood through cinema, it examines the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Silent films
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Butters, Gerald R., 1961-
Black manhood on the silent screen.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, ©2002
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald R Butters
ISBN: 0700611975 9780700611973
OCLC Number: 50753598
Description: xviii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Racialized masculinity and the politics of difference --
The preformed image : watermelon, razors, and chicken thievery, 1896-1915 --
Black cinematic ruptures and Ole Uncle Tom --
African-American cinema and The birth of a nation --
The defense of Black manhood on the screen --
Oscar Micheaux : from homestead to lynch mob --
Within our gates --
Blackface, white independent all-Black productions, and the coming of sound : the late silent era, 1915-1931.
Series Title: Culture America.
Responsibility: Gerald R. Butters, Jr.
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A study of the African-American cinematic vision in silent film, concentrating on African American-produced and -directed films and white independent productions of all-black features. Gerald R.  Read more...


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A defining work that fills in significant gaps in our knowledge of early African American cinema and its critical discourse. Ed Guerrero, Author Of Framing Blackness: The African American Image In Read more...

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