Irish and African American Cinema: Identifying Others and Performing Identities, 1980-2000

Irish and African American Cinema: Identifying Others and Performing Identities, 1980-2000

by Maria Pramaggiore
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791470954

ISBN-13: 9780791470954

Pub. Date: 04/05/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Focusing on two film traditions not normally studied together, Maria Pramaggiore examines more than two dozen Irish and African American films, including Do the Right Thing, In the Name of the Father, The Crying Game, Boyz N the Hood, The Snapper, and He Got Game, arguing that these films foreground practices of character identification that complicate essentialist

Overview

Focusing on two film traditions not normally studied together, Maria Pramaggiore examines more than two dozen Irish and African American films, including Do the Right Thing, In the Name of the Father, The Crying Game, Boyz N the Hood, The Snapper, and He Got Game, arguing that these films foreground practices of character identification that complicate essentialist notions of national and racial identity. The porous sense of self associated with moments of identification in these films offers a cinematic counterpart to W. E. B. Du Bois’s potent concept of double consciousness, an epistemological standpoint derived from experiences of colonization, racialization, and cultural disruption. Characters in these films, Pramaggiore suggests, reject the national paradigm of insider and outsider in favor of diasporic both/and notions of self, thereby endorsing the postmodern concept of identity as performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791470954
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/05/2007
Series:
SUNY series, Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video Series
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Identifying Others     13
Sampling Blackness: Music and Identification in the Films of Neil Jordan and Spike Lee     37
"It's a Wise Child that Knows His Own Father": Pregnant Performances and Maternal Mythologies     77
Culturing Violence: Masculine Identificarion in Irish and African American Gangster Films     117
"Both Sides of the Epic": Identification and the Nonessentialist Western     151
Conclusion: Film Identification and Postmodern Identity Politics     191
Notes     195
Works Consulted     209
Index     239

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