The Spike Lee Reader

The Spike Lee Reader

By: Paula J. Massood (editor)Hardback

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Spike Lee's films have raised a multitude of questions about cinema, from attempts to outline the nature, or "essence," of a black cinematic aesthetics, to a revisioning of American film as a whole. They have sparked critical inquiries into the nature of genres, the role of the auteur, and the mechanics of an active text and an oppositional spectatorship. They have asked us to reconsider spectatorial pleasure; to revel in their polyphonic visual and aural fields. They consider not only race, but also the often blurred interconnections among race, gender, sexuality, and class. In short, they have encouraged, and, in some cases, forced us to interact with what's on screen and, perhaps more importantly, with each other, whether it be in the theater, the cafe, the classroom, or the street corner. Taken together, the essays in "The Spike Lee Reader" will spark dialogue and encourage a continuing consideration of the depth and complexity of Spike Lee's career. Contributors include Christine Acham, Toni Cade Bambara, Mark D Cunningham, Anna Everett, Krin Gabbard, Ed Guerrero, Bell Hooks, Michele Wallace and many others.

About Author

Paula J. Massood is Associate Professor of Film Studies, Department of Film, Brooklyn College, CUNY, and author of "Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film" (Temple).


We've Gotta Have It: Spike Lee, African American Film, and Cinema Studies - Paula J. Massood; 1'Whose Pussy is This': A Feminist Comment - bell hooks; 2 Programming with School Daze - Toni Cade Bambara; 3 Spike Lee and Black Women - Michele Wallace; 4 But Compared to What?: Reading Realism, Representation, and Essentialism in School Daze, Do the Right Thing, and the Spike Lee Discourse - Wahneema Lubiano; 5 The Double Truth, Ruth: Do the Right Thing and the Culture of Ambiguity - James C. McKelly; 6 Spike Lee and the Fever in the Racial Jungle - Ed Guerrero; 7 'Spike, Don't Mess Malcolm Up': Courting Controversy and Control in Malcolm X-The Movie - Anna Everett; 8 Through the Looking Glass and Over the Rainbow: Exploring the Fairy Tale in Spike Lee's Crooklyn - Mark D. Cunningham; 9 Clockers (Spike Lee 1995): Adaptation in Black - Keith M. Harris; 10 Reel Men: Get on the Bus and the Shifting Terrain of Black Masculinities - S. Craig Watkins; 11 We Shall Overcome: Preserving History and Memory in 4 Little Girls - Christine Acham; 12 Spike Lee Meets Aaron Copeland - Krin Gabbard; 13 Race and Black American Film Noir: Summer of Sam as Lynching Parable - Dan Flory; 14 Racial Kitsch and Black Performance - Tavia Nyong'o; 15 I Be Smackin' My Hoes': Paradox and Authenticity in Bamboozled - Beretta Smith-Shomade; 16 De Profundis: A Love letter from the Inside Man - David Gerstner Notes on Contributors; Select Bibliography; Filmography (including exec. prod. credits and television segments); Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781592134847
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781592134847
  • ISBN10: 159213484X

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