The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense

The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense

by Kara Keeling
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822340259

ISBN-13: 9780822340256

Pub. Date: 11/05/2007

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Kara Keeling contends that cinema and cinematic processes had a profound significance for twentieth-century anticapitalist Black Liberation movements based in the United States. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze's notion of "the cinematic"-not just as a phenomenon confined to moving-image media such as film and television but as a set of processes involved in the production

Overview

Kara Keeling contends that cinema and cinematic processes had a profound significance for twentieth-century anticapitalist Black Liberation movements based in the United States. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze's notion of "the cinematic"-not just as a phenomenon confined to moving-image media such as film and television but as a set of processes involved in the production and reproduction of social reality itself - Keeling describes how the cinematic structures racism, homophobia, and misogyny, and, in the process, denies viewers access to certain images and ways of knowing. She theorizes the black femme as a figure who, even when not explicitly represented within hegemonic cinematic formulations of raced and gendered subjectivities, nonetheless haunts those representations, threatening to disrupt them by making alternative social arrangements visible. Keeling draws on the thought of Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis, Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, and others in addition to Deleuze. She pursues the elusive figure of the black femme through Haile Gerima's film Sankofa, images of women in the Black Panther Party, Pam Grier's roles in the blaxploitation films of the early 1970s, F. Gary Gray's film Set It Off, and Kasi Lemmons's Eve's Bayou.

About the Author:
Kara Keeling is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and of African American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822340256
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Series:
Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Another Litany for Survival     1
The Image of Common Sense     11
In the Interval     27
"In Order to Move Forward": Common-Sense Black Nationalism and Haile Gerima's Sankofa     45
"We'll Just Have to Get Guns and Be Men": The Cinematic Appearance of Black Revolutionary Women     68
"A Black Belt in Bar Stool": Blaxploitation, Surplus, and The L Word     95
"What's Up with That? She Don't Talk?": Set It Off's Black Lesbian Butch-Femme     118
Reflections on the Black Femme's Role in the [Re]production of Cinematic Reality: The Case of Eve's Bayou     138
Notes     159
Bibliography     195
Index     203

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