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The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense (Perverse Modernities)

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Kara Keeling contends that cinema and cinematic processes had a profound significance for twentieth-century anticapitalist Black Liberation movements based in the United States. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s notion of “the cinematic”—not just as a phenomenon confined to moving-image media such as film and television but as a set of processes involved in the production and reproduction of social reality itself —Keeling describes how the cinematic structures racism, homophobia, and misogyny, and, in the process, denies viewers access to certain images and ways of knowing. She theorizes the black femme as a figure who, even when not explicitly represented within hegemonic cinematic formulations of raced and gendered subjectivities, nonetheless haunts those representations, threatening to disrupt them by making alternative social arrangements visible.

Keeling draws on the thought of Frantz Fanon, Angela Davis, Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, and others in addition to Deleuze. She pursues the elusive figure of the black femme through Haile Gerima’s film Sankofa, images of women in the Black Panther Party, Pam Grier’s roles in the blaxploitation films of the early 1970s, F. Gary Gray’s film Set It Off, and Kasi Lemmons’s Eve’s Bayou.

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Through an analysis of filmic representations of Black femininity, and the Black Femme in particular, this book highlights the ways "the cinematic" structures both racist and sexist portrayals, and their potential undoing.

About the Author

Kara Keeling is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and of African American Studies in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is a coeditor of James A. Snead’s Racist Traces and Other Writings: European Pedigrees/African Contagions.

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ISBN:
9780822340133
Author:
Keeling, Kara
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Lowe, Lisa
Author:
Halberstam, Judith
Subject:
Lesbianism in motion pictures
Subject:
Lesbians in motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Sex role in motion pictures.
Subject:
Sex in motion pictures
Subject:
Queer theory.
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 bandw photo
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in

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