Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity / Edition 1

Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity / Edition 1

by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart
     
 


"With this book, Stewart establishes herself as the authority on early Black cinema. The historiography is meticulous, original and compelling. Stewart puts theory and history into productive conversation. An extremely important work."—Linda Williams, author of Playing the Race Card

"As a child in West Virginia, I loved the movies, but I had little

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"With this book, Stewart establishes herself as the authority on early Black cinema. The historiography is meticulous, original and compelling. Stewart puts theory and history into productive conversation. An extremely important work."—Linda Williams, author of Playing the Race Card

"As a child in West Virginia, I loved the movies, but I had little idea that my people's history was being constructed (and deconstructed) as I watched them. Jacqueline Najuma Stewart's bold new book lets us see how black history was, in part, made at the movies. The history of the Great Migration has rarely been so vivid or compelling."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans

"Jacqueline Stewart's Migrating to the Movies finally brings the unmistakable sparkle of brilliance to the field of racial constructions in early cinema. Part of Stewart's magic in this book is her substantial gift for critical insight, while the other part of this inimitable brew is her uncanny grasp of this particular topic. As an avid student of silent film for the past decade, I've been patiently waiting for a work that would juggle the obvious sociological weight of the raw material while also grappling with the technological and aesthetic complexities at stake. Migrating to the Movies is the first book to achieve this, and it is an indispensable volume on racial constructions of vision and the scopic gaze in the early twentieth century."—Michele Wallace, author of Dark Designs and Visual Culture

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233492
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : a nigger in the woodpile, or black (in)visibility in film history1
1"To misrepresent a helpless race" : the black image problem23
2Mixed colors : riddles of blackness in preclassical cinema50
3"Negroes laughing at themselves"? : black spectatorship and the performance of urban modernity93
4"Some thing to see up here all the time" : moviegoing and black urban leisure in Chicago114
5Along the "stroll" : Chicago's black belt movie theaters155
6Reckless rovers versus ambitious Negroes : migration, patriotism, and the politics of genre in early African American filmmaking189
7"We were never immigrants" : Oscar Micheaux and the reconstruction of black American identity219

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