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Witch's Flight The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense

ISBN-10: 0822340259
ISBN-13: 9780822340256
Edition: 2007
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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,"

Judith Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters , Female Masculinity and co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of The Drag King Book.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Another Litany for Survival
The Image of Common Sense
In the Interval
"In Order to Move Forward": Common-Sense Black Nationalism and Haile Gerima's Sankofa
"We'll Just Have to Get Guns and Be Men": The Cinematic Appearance of Black Revolutionary Women
"A Black Belt in Bar Stool": Blaxploitation, Surplus, and The L Word
"What's Up with That? She Don't Talk?": Set It Off's Black Lesbian Butch-Femme
Reflections on the Black Femme's Role in the [Re]production of Cinematic Reality: The Case of Eve's Bayou
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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