Looking for Leroy Illegible Black Masculinities

ISBN-10: 0814758363
ISBN-13: 9780814758366
Edition: 2013
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Description: Mark Anthony Neal’sLooking for Leroyis an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in  More...

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Mark Anthony Neal’sLooking for Leroyis an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility. The most “legible” black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gendered identities. Neal highlights the radical potential of rendering legible black male bodies—those bodies that are all too real for us—as illegible, while simultaneously rendering illegible black male bodies—those versions of black masculinity that we can’t believe are real—as legible. In examining figures such as hip-hop entrepreneur and artist Jay-Z, R&B Svengali R. Kelly, the late vocalist Luther Vandross, and characters from the hit HBO seriesThe Wire, among others, Neal demonstrates how distinct representations of black masculinity can break the links in the public imagination that create antagonism toward black men.Looking for Leroyfeatures close readings of contemporary black masculinity and popular culture, highlighting both the complexity and accessibility of black men and boys through visual and sonic cues within American culture, media, and public policy. By rendering legible the illegible, Neal maps the range of identifications and anxieties that have marked the performance and reception of post-Civil Rights era African American masculinity. Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of several books including New Black Man and Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic and the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black. 

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of several books, including New Black Man  and  Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic , and   the host of the weekly webcast Left of Black .

Preface: Waiting for Leroy
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Foot Deep in the Culture: The Thug Knowledge(s) of A Man Called Hawk
"My Passport Says Shawn": Toward a Hip-Hop Cosmopolitanism
The Block Is Hot: Legibility and Loci in The Wire
R. Kelly's Closet: Shame, Desire, and the Confessions of a (Postmodern) Soul Man
Fear of a Queer Soul Man: The Legacy of Luther Vandross
Postscript: Looking for Denzel, Finding Barack
Notes
Index
About the Author

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