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Title:
On black men
Author:
Marriott, D. S.
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Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xvii, 133 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780231122269

9780231122276
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Book

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Summary

Mutilated, dying, or dead, black men play a role in the psychic life of culture. From national dreams to media fantasies, there is a persistent imagining of what black men must be. This book explores the legacy of that role, particularly its violent effect on how black men have learned to see themselves and one another. David Marriott draws upon popular culture, ranging from lynching photographs to current Hollywood film, as well as the ideas of key thinkers, including Frantz Fanon, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and John Edgar Wideman, to reveal a vicious pantomime of unvarying reification and compulsive fascination, of whites looking at themselves through images of black desolation, and of blacks dispossessed by that process.


Summary

Mutilated, dying, or dead, black men play a role in the psychic life of culture. From national dreams to media fantasies, there is a persistent imagining of what black men must be. This book explores the legacy of that role, particularly its violent effect on how black men have learned to see themselves and one another. David Marriott draws upon popular culture, ranging from lynching photographs to current Hollywood film, as well as the ideas of key thinkers, including Frantz Fanon, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and John Edgar Wideman, to reveal a vicious pantomime of unvarying reification and compulsive fascination, of whites looking at themselves through images of black desolation, and of blacks dispossessed by that process.


Author Notes

David Marriott is lecturer in English at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
I 'I'm gonna borrer me a Kodak': Photography and Lynchingp. 1
II 'Murderous Appetites': Photography and Fantasyp. 23
III Black Typesp. 43
IV Frantz Fanon's Warp. 66
V Father Storiesp. 95
Afterword: Either/Orp. 117
Works Citedp. 125
Indexp. 131
List of Illustrationsp. vi
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
I 'I'm gonna borrer me a Kodak': Photography and Lynchingp. 1
II 'Murderous Appetites': Photography and Fantasyp. 23
III Black Typesp. 43
IV Frantz Fanon's Warp. 66
V Father Storiesp. 95
Afterword: Either/Orp. 117
Works Citedp. 125
Indexp. 131

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