Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences / Edition 1

Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences / Edition 1

by Pearl Bowser, Louise Spence
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813528038

ISBN-13: 9780813528038

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Writing Himself Into History is an eagerly anticipated analysis of the career and artistry surrounding the legendary Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. With the exception of Spike Lee, Micheaux is the most famous—and prolific—African American film director. Between 1918 and 1948 he made more than 40 “race pictures,” movies made for and

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Writing Himself Into History is an eagerly anticipated analysis of the career and artistry surrounding the legendary Black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. With the exception of Spike Lee, Micheaux is the most famous—and prolific—African American film director. Between 1918 and 1948 he made more than 40 “race pictures,” movies made for and about African Americans. A man of immense creativity, he also wrote seven novels.   

Pearl Bowser and Louise Spence concentrate here on the first decade of Micheaux’s career, when Micheaux produced and directed more than twenty silent features and built a reputation as a controversial and maverick entrepreneur. Placing his work firmly within his social and cultural milieu, they also examine Micheaeux’s family and life. The authors provide a close textual analysis of his surviving films (including The Symbol of the Unconquered, Within Our Gates, and Body and Soul), and highlight the rivalry between studios, dilemmas of assimilation versus separatism, gender issues, and class. In Search of Oscar Micheaux also analyzes Micheaux’s career as a novelist in relation to his work as a filmmaker.

            This is a much-awaited book that is especially timely as interest in Micheaux’s work increases.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813528038
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Thulani Davisix
Prefacexvii
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
PART ONE OSCAR MICHEAUX
1 Writing Himself into History3
PART TWO HIS SPECTATORS
2 In Search of an Audience, Part I51
3 In Search of an Audience, Part II89
PART THREE HIS TEXTS
4 Within Whose Gates? The Symbolic and Political
Complexity of Racial Discourses123
5 The Symbol of the Unconquered and the Terror of the
Other156
6 Body and Soul and the Burden of Representation176
Epilogue209
Notes223
Bibliography261
Filmography271
Index273

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