Type: Chapter; Page start: ; Page end: Is part of Book. Title: Black American cinema; Author(s): Diawara, Manthia; Date: ; Publisher: Routledge . Type: Chapter; Author(s): M Diawara; Date: Is part of Book. Title: Black American cinema; Author(s): Diawara, Manthia; Date: ; Publisher: Routledge . According to Diawara, in Hollywood films the African American characters are portrayed as some form of ‘bad’ whereas the White Americans.

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As such, the goal of Resisting Spectator is to do just that: Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Jean Rouch and the camera eyewitness. Film distribution in Greece: Manthoa In Forgot password? Create a free website or blog at WordPress. But if this cinema is to exist, sustain itself, even thrive it must do as Diawara says. Africans have their own oral tradition blakc the fire. The manner in which Black spectators may circumvent identification and resist the persuasive elements of Hollywood narrative and spectacle informs both a challenge to certain theories of spectatorship and the aesthetics of AfroAmerican independent cinema.

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Dominant cinema is so good, and so universal that it is imposed, engraved even, on the rest of the world to the point of colonial self-loathing.


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Diawara suggests that, to some degree, the terms resisting spectator and black spectator are interchangeable, for many African American filmgoers long have had to resist and negotiate with the ways in which they historically have been represented on the silver screen. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Meta Register Log in. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Soviet cinema and the fantasy of no limits.

Gerima, born in Ethiopia, gives the example of displaced identification using an actual film he recalls from his early years. Therefore, as consumers, we should constantly analyze and critique popular culture. Newer Post Older Post Home. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Furthermore, one can certainly understand how this form of spectatorship can and should extend to other forms of popular culture. Not only is Little Colonel a fake father and hero, but the Black experience is rendered absent in the text. Don’t have an account?

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Whenever Blacks are represented in Hollywood, and sometimes when Hollywood omits Blacks from its films altogether, there are spectators who denounce the result and refuse to suspend their disbelief.

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Email alerts New issue alert. The argument that Blacks in the South were docile and happy with their condition as slaves … is totally unconvincing once it is compared to historical accounts of the Black American experience. Edited By Manthia Diawara.


Furthermore, by exploring the notion of the resisting spectator my aim is to reassess some of the claims of certain theories of spectatorship which have not so far accounted for the experiences of Black spectators. In the film, one white man kills 6, Africans.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. In this article I posit the interchangeability of the terms “Black spectator” and “resisting spectator” as an heuristic device to imply that just as some Blacks identify with Hollywood’s images of Blacks, some White spectators, too, resist the racial representations of dominant cinema.

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I should note that I am not under any circumstances trying to suggest that one Black work will satisfy the Black monolith, because no such thing exists. You do not currently have access to this article. Sign In or Create an Account.

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