Blackness Is Burning: Civil Rights, Popular Culture, and the by TreaAndrea M. Russworm

By TreaAndrea M. Russworm

Blackness Is Burning is without doubt one of the first books to ascertain the methods race and mental rhetoric collided within the public and pop culture of the civil rights period. In studying more than a few media kinds, together with Sidney Poitier’s well known motion pictures, black mom and daughter kinfolk melodramas, invoice Cosby’s comedy regimen and sketch fats Albert, pulpy black pimp narratives, and several other features of post–civil rights black/American tradition, TreaAndrea M. Russworm identifies and problematizes the numerous ways that psychoanalytic tradition has functioned as a governing racial ideology that's outfitted round a wrong knowing of attempting to “recognize” the racial different as human.

The major argument of Blackness Is Burning is that humanizing, or attempting to characterize in narrative and pop culture that #BlackLivesMatter, has lengthy been slightly possible and most unlikely to maintain cultural time table. yet Blackness Is Burning makes extra interdisciplinary interventions: the e-book makes a old and temporal intervention simply because Russworm is dedicated to displaying the connection among civil rights discourses on theories of popularity and the way we proceed to symbolize and speak about race this day. The booklet additionally makes a proper intervention because the chapter-length case reports take possible banal renowned varieties heavily. She argues that the preferred kinds and disreputable works are essential elements of our shared cultural wisdom.

Blackness Is Burning’s interdisciplinary achieve is what makes it an essential portion of approximately any scholar’s library, really people with an curiosity in African American pop culture, movie and media experiences, or psychoanalytic theory.

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