Forgeries of Memory and Meaning: Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II / Edition 1

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Overview

Cedric J. Robinson offers a new understanding of race in America through his analysis of theater and film of the early twentieth century. He argues that economic, political, and cultural forces present in the eras of silent film and the early "talkies" firmly entrenched limited representations of African Americans. Robinson's analysis marks a new way of approaching the intellectual, political, and media racism present in the beginnings of American narrative cinema.

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"A call to action."—National Political Science Review

"Offers a copiously researched and compelling study. . . . A profoundly important and elegantly written historical study of a great artistic conflict."—Theatre Research International

"Invaluable to scholars of popular culture, Marxist studies, and especially, black studies. . . . [Robinson] writes with the seldom-heard acumen of a social scientist and is able to discern how and why the American entertainment industry represents—and misrepresents—class and race."—North Carolina Historical Review

"Deeply incisive. . . . Provides a fresh contribution to one of the most significant aspects of American cinema."—The Journal of African American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858417
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 906,024
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Cedric J. Robinson is professor of black studies and political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of four other books, including Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (from the University of North Carolina Press).

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