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

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2007 Hardcover As New with no dust jacket 0791470954. This book is still in shrinkwrap. Focusing on two film traditions not normally studied together, the author examines more ... than two dozen Irish and African-American films.; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 245 pp. Read more Show Less

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How these two cinemas portray complex and changing notions of national and racial identity.
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The revelation of this volume is the author's ability to perform top-notch critical analysis of both Irish and African American films, two seemingly disparate concentrations in cinema studies ... specialists in African American or Irish film will be well served by this volume, not only by the analysis but also by Pramaggiore's theorization of cinematic identity formation and appropriation ... By demonstrating how cinematic characters 'perform' gender, race, and ethnicity, Pramaggiore furthers the work of Judith Butler and others.— CHOICE

"An extremely original, engaging, and provocative reading of a range of important films. This book will have an impact on a number of broad cultural concerns: Black histories and culture, race and ethnic studies in general, Irish studies, and Irish and American film studies in particular."— Martin McLoone, author of Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema

"A thoughtful and compelling interrogation of the essentialist discourses of national and ethnic cinema. The book is an important addition to the literature of world cinema."— Krin Gabbard, author of Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture"
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Meet the Author

Maria Pramaggiore is Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies at North Carolina State University. She is the coauthor (with Tom Wallis) of Film: A Critical Introduction and the coeditor (with Donald E. Hall) of RePresenting Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire.

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Table of Contents


1. Identifying Others

2. Sampling Blackness: Music and Identification in the Films of Neil Jordan and Spike Lee

3. “It’s a Wise Child that Knows His Own Father”: Pregnant Performances and Maternal Mythologies

4. Culturing Violence: Masculine Identification in Irish and African American Gangster Films

5. “Both Sides of the Epic”: Identification in the Nonessentialist Western

Conclusion: Film Identification and Postmodern Identity Politic

Works Consulted

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