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Black Masculinity on Film

Native Sons and White Lies

Authors: O'Brien, Daniel

  • Offers wide-ranging commentary on depictions of the black male in mainstream cinema, American and European
  • Explores counter-representations of black masculinity which challenge racial stereotypes, exhibiting aspects positive, progressive and subversive
  • Highlights key black performers, genres and franchises underrepresented in previous commentary
  • Will appeal to both the academic and the general reader interested in film, race, gender and colonial issues
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About this book

This book provides wide-ranging commentary on depictions of the black male in mainstream cinema. O’Brien explores the extent to which counter-representations of black masculinity have been achieved within a predominately white industry, with an emphasis on agency, the negotiation and malleability of racial status, and the inherent instability of imposed racial categories. Focusing on American and European cinema, the chapters  highlight actors (Woody Strode, Noble Johnson, Eddie Anderson, Will Smith), genres (jungle pictures, westerns, science fiction) and franchises (Tarzan, James Bond) underrepresented in previous critical and scholarly commentary in the field. The author argues that although the characters and performances generated in these areas invoke popular genre types, they display complexity, diversity and ambiguity, exhibiting aspects that are positive, progressive and subversive. This book will appeal to both the academic and the general reader interested in film, race, gender and colonial issues.

About the authors

Daniel O'Brien is Film Tutor in Medical Humanities at the University of Southampton, UK. He is a writer and historian in film studies and a film tutor in Medical Humanities. His recent publications include Classical Masculinity and the Spectacular Body on Film: The Mighty Sons of Hercules (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    O’Brien, Daniel

    Pages 1-22

  • The Natives Are Still Restless: Black Representation in Whitened Africa from Tarzan to Mandela

    O’Brien, Daniel

    Pages 23-53

  • A King Among Bit Players: Noble Johnson and the Art of Racial Ambiguity

    O’Brien, Daniel

    Pages 55-70

  • Also Known as Rochester: Eddie Anderson, Black Stardom and World War II

    O’Brien, Daniel

    Pages 71-85

  • Tall and Black in the Saddle: How African-American Cowboys Rode Out of the Shadows and into the Sunset

    O’Brien, Daniel

    Pages 87-121

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Black Masculinity on Film
Book Subtitle
Native Sons and White Lies
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59322-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 221
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
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