On Black Men

On Black Men

by David Marriott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231122276

ISBN-13: 9780231122276

Pub. Date: 09/27/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Mutilated, dying, or dead, black men play a role in the psychic life of culture. From national dreams to media fantasies, there is a persistent imagining of what black men must be. This book explores the legacy of that role, particularly its violent effect on how black men have learned to see themselves and one another. David Marriott draws upon popular culture,

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Mutilated, dying, or dead, black men play a role in the psychic life of culture. From national dreams to media fantasies, there is a persistent imagining of what black men must be. This book explores the legacy of that role, particularly its violent effect on how black men have learned to see themselves and one another. David Marriott draws upon popular culture, ranging from lynching photographs to current Hollywood film, as well as the ideas of key thinkers, including Frantz Fanon, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and John Edgar Wideman, to reveal a vicious pantomime of unvarying reification and compulsive fascination, of whites looking at themselves through images of black desolation, and of blacks dispossessed by that process.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231122276
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
I'I'm gonna borrer me a Kodak': Photography and Lynching1
II'Murderous Appetites': Photography and Fantasy23
IIIBlack Types43
IVFrantz Fanon's War66
VFather Stories95
Afterword: Either/Or117
Works Cited125
Index131

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