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    DescriptionCedric J. Robinson offers a new understanding of race in America through his analysis of theater and film of the early twentieth century. He argues that economic, political, and cultural forces present in the eras of silent film and the early "talkies" firmly entrenched limited representations of African Americans. Robinson grounds his study in contexts that illuminate the parallel growth of racial beliefs and capitalism, beginning with Shakespearean England and the development of international trade. He demonstrates how the needs of American commerce determined the construction of successive racial regimes that were publicized in the theater and in motion pictures, particularly through plantation and jungle films. In addition to providing new depth and complexity to the history of black representation, Robinson examines black resistance to these practices. Whereas D. W. Griffith appropriated black minstrelsy and romanticized a national myth of origins, Robinson argues that Oscar Micheaux transcended uplift films to create explicitly political critiques of the American national myth. Robinson's analysis marks a new way of approaching the intellectual, political, and media racism present in the beginnings of American narrative cinema.

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    Forgeries of Memory and Meaning
    Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film Before World War II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Cedric J. Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 789 g
    ISBN 13: 9780807831489
    ISBN 10: 0807831484

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    Illustrations note
    21 illustrations, notes, index
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Imprint name
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Publication date
    17 December 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Chapel Hill
    Author Information
    CEDRIC J. ROBINSON is professor of black studies and political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of four other books, including Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (from the University of North Carolina Press).
    Review quote
    "Deeply incisive. . . . Provides a fresh contribution to one of the most significant aspects of American cinema."--"The Journal of African American History"