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Author Wilderson, Frank B., III, 1956- author.

Title Red, white & black : cinema and the structure of U.S. antagonisms / Frank B. Wilderson III
Published Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 388 pages) : illustrations
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents The ruse of analogy -- The narcissistic slave -- Fishing for Antwone -- Cinematic unrest : Bush Mama and the Black Liberation Army -- Absurd mobility -- The ethics of sovereignty -- Excess lack -- The pleasures of parity -- "Savage" Negrophobia -- A crisis in the commons -- Half-white healing -- Make me feel good
Summary "Red, White & Black is a provocative critique of socially engaged films and related critical discourse. Offering an unflinching account of race and representation, Frank B. Wilderson III asks whether such films accurately represent the structure of U.S. racial antagonisms. That structure, he argues, is based on three essential subject positions: that of the White (the 'settler,' 'master,' and 'human'), the Red (the 'savage' and 'half-human'), and the Black (the 'slave' and 'non-human'). Wilderson contends that for Blacks, slavery is ontological, an inseparable element of their being. From the beginning of the European slave trade until now, Blacks have had symbolic value as fungible flesh, as the non-human (or anti-human) against which Whites have defined themselves as human. Just as slavery is the existential basis of the Black subject position, genocide is essential to the ontology of the Indian. Both positions are foundational to the existence of (White) humanity."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-374) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject African Americans in motion pictures.
Indians in motion pictures.
Minorities in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Race in motion pictures.
ART -- Film & Video.
African Americans in motion pictures.
Film -- Gesellschaftskritik -- USA.
Film -- Motiv -- Rasse -- USA.
Film -- Motiv -- Indianer -- USA.
Filmkritik -- Rasse -- USA.
Gesellschaftskritik -- Film -- USA.
Indians in motion pictures.
Minderheit Motiv
Minorities in motion pictures.
Motion pictures.
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism
Film -- Motiv -- Schwarze -- USA.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Race in motion pictures.
Rasse Motiv
Rasse -- Filmkritik -- USA.
Rasse -- Motiv -- Film -- USA.
Indianer -- Motiv -- Film -- USA.
Schwarze -- Motiv -- Film -- USA.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009043380
ISBN 0822391716
Other Titles Red, white and black