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The witch's flight : the cinematic, the Black femme, and the image of common sense
Keeling, Kara, 1971-
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xii, 209 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Kara Keeling contends that cinema and cinematic processes had a profound significance for twentieth-century anti-capitalist 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.
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.
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