I Am Not Your Negro: A Docalogue
I Am Not Your Negro: A Docalogue

I Am Not Your Negro: A Docalogue

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Overview

As the inaugural volume in the Docalogue series, this book models a new form for the discussion of documentary film.

James Baldwin’s writing is intensely relevant to contemporary politics and culture, and director Raoul Peck’s strategies for representing him and conveying his work in I Am Not Your Negro (2016) raise important questions about how documentary can bring the ideas of a complex thinker like Baldwin to a broader public. By combining five distinct perspectives on a single documentary film, this book offers different critical approaches to the same media object, acting both as an intensive scholarly treatment of a film and as a guide for how to analyze, theorize, and contextualize a documentary.

Undergraduate and graduate students as well as scholars of film and media studies, communication studies, African American Studies, and gender and sexuality studies will find this book extremely useful in understanding the significance of this film and the ways in which it offers insight into not only Baldwin and his writings but also wider historical and contemporary realities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367178949
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/18/2020
Series: Docalogue
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Jaimie Baron is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her work on documentary, experimental film and video, audiovisual appropriation, and digital media has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Her first book, The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History, was published in 2014. She is the founder, director, and co-curator of the Festival of (In)appropriation, a yearly international festival of short experimental found footage films and videos. She is also a co-founder of Docalogue, an online space to engage in conversations about contemporary documentary, as well as the related Docalogue book series.

Kristen Fuhs is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at Woodbury University. She writes about documentary film, the American criminal justice system, and contemporary celebrity, and her work has appeared in journals such as Cultural Studies, The Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television, and the Journal of Sport & Social Issues. She is also the co-founder and editor of Docalogue, an online space to engage in conversations about contemporary documentary, as well as the related Docalogue book series.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Timeliness of I Am Not Your Negro

Jaimie Baron

Chapter 1: I Am Not Your Negro’s Poetics of Identity and Omission

Courtney R. Baker

Chapter 2: James Baldwin’s Embodied Absence: I Am Not Your Negro and Filmic Corporeality

Laura Rascaroli

Chapter 3: "Some One of Us Should Have Been There with Her": Gender, Race, and Sexuality in I Am Not Your Negro and Contemporary Black Experimental Documentary

Ellen C. Scott

Chapter 4: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (1989) and I Am Not Your Negro (2016) as Historicist Documentaries

Stephen Casmier

Chapter 5: Techniques for Truth-Telling from Haitian Corner to I Am Not Your Negro

Toni Pressley-Sanon

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