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Migrating To the Movies : Cinema and Black Urban Modernity (05 Edition)

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"With this book, Stewart establishes herself as the authority on early Black cinema. The historiography is meticulous, original and compelling. Stewart puts theory and history into productive conversation. An extremely important work."—Linda Williams, author of Playing the Race Card

"As a child in West Virginia, I loved the movies, but I had little idea that my people's history was being constructed (and deconstructed) as I watched them. Jacqueline Najuma Stewart's bold new book lets us see how black history was, in part, made at the movies. The history of the Great Migration has rarely been so vivid or compelling."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans

"Jacqueline Stewart's Migrating to the Movies finally brings the unmistakable sparkle of brilliance to the field of racial constructions in early cinema. Part of Stewart's magic in this book is her substantial gift for critical insight, while the other part of this inimitable brew is her uncanny grasp of this particular topic. As an avid student of silent film for the past decade, I've been patiently waiting for a work that would juggle the obvious sociological weight of the raw material while also grappling with the technological and aesthetic complexities at stake. Migrating to the Movies is the first book to achieve this, and it is an indispensable volume on racial constructions of vision and the scopic gaze in the early twentieth century."—Michele Wallace, author of Dark Designs and Visual Culture

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"With this book, Stewart establishes herself as the authority on early Black cinema. The historiography is meticulous, original and compelling. Stewart puts theory and history into productive conversation. An extremely important work."--Linda Williams, author of "Playing the Race Card

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The rise of cinema as the predominant American entertainment around the turn of the last century coincided with the migration of hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to the urban "land of hope" in the North. This richly illustrated book, discussing many early films and illuminating black urban life in this period, is the first detailed look at the numerous early relationships between African Americans and cinema. It investigates African American migrations onto the screen, into the audience, and behind the camera, showing that African American urban populations and cinema shaped each other in powerful ways.

Focusing on Black film culture in Chicago during the silent era, Migrating to the Movies begins with the earliest cinematic representations of African Americans and concludes with the silent films of Oscar Micheaux and other early "race films" made for Black audiences, discussing some of the extraordinary ways in which African Americans staked their claim in cinema's development as an art and a cultural institution.

About the Author

Jacqueline Najuma Stewart is Associate Professor of English, Cinema and Media Studies, and African and African American Studies at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction A Nigger in the Woodpile: Black (In)Visibility in Film History

Part One: Onto the Screen

Chapter 1. "To Misrepresent a Helpless Race": The Black Image Problem

Chapter 2. Mixed Colors: Riddles of Blackness in Preclassical Cinema

Part Two: Into the Audience

Chapter 3. "Negroes Laughing at Themselves"? Black Spectatorship and the Performance of Urban Modernity

Chapter 4. "Some Thing to See Up Here All the Time": Moviegoing and Black Urban Leisure in Chicago

Chapter 5. Along the "Stroll": Chicagos Black Belt Movie Theaters

Part Three: Behind the Camera

Chapter 6. Reckless Rovers versus Ambitious Negroes: Migration, Patriotism, and the Politics of Genre in Early African American Filmmaking

Chapter 7 "We Were Never Immigrants": Oscar Micheaux and the Reconstruction of Black American Identity

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520233492
Author:
Stewart, Jacqueline
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Stewart, Jacqueline Najuma
Subject:
History
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Motion picture audiences
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
African Americans in motion pictures
Subject:
African Americans - Migrations - History -
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
56 b/w photographs, 1 map
Pages:
367
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "With this book, Stewart establishes herself as the authority on early Black cinema. The historiography is meticulous, original and compelling. Stewart puts theory and history into productive conversation. An extremely important work."--Linda Williams, author of "Playing the Race Card
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The rise of cinema as the predominant American entertainment around the turn of the last century coincided with the migration of hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to the urban "land of hope" in the North. This richly illustrated book, discussing many early films and illuminating black urban life in this period, is the first detailed look at the numerous early relationships between African Americans and cinema. It investigates African American migrations onto the screen, into the audience, and behind the camera, showing that African American urban populations and cinema shaped each other in powerful ways.

Focusing on Black film culture in Chicago during the silent era, Migrating to the Movies begins with the earliest cinematic representations of African Americans and concludes with the silent films of Oscar Micheaux and other early "race films" made for Black audiences, discussing some of the extraordinary ways in which African Americans staked their claim in cinema's development as an art and a cultural institution.

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