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Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469606755
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 456
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Cedric 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.

The Terms of Order

The Terms of Order

Political Science and the Myth of Leadership

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469628228
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 310
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Do we live in basically orderly societies that occasionally erupt into violent conflict, or do we fail to perceive the constancy of violence and disorder in our societies? In this classic book, originally published in 1980, Cedric J. Robinson contends that our perception of political order is an illusion, maintained in part by Western political and social theorists who depend on the idea of leadership as a basis for describing and prescribing social order. Using a variety of critical approaches in his analysis, Robinson synthesizes elements of psychoanalysis, structuralism, Marxism, classical and neoclassical political philosophy, and cultural anthropology in order to argue that Western thought on leadership is mythological rather than rational. He then presents examples of historically developed "stateless" societies with social organizations that suggest conceptual alternatives to the ways political order has been conceived in the West. Examining Western thought from the vantage point of a people only marginally integrated into Western institutions and intellectual traditions, Robinson's perspective radically critiques fundamental ideas of leadership and order.

Left of Hollywood

Left of Hollywood

Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture

  • Author: Chris Robé
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292749902
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 308
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In the 1930s as the capitalist system faltered, many in the United States turned to the political Left. Hollywood, so deeply embedded in capitalism, was not immune to this shift. Left of Hollywood offers the first book-length study of Depression-era Left film theory and criticism in the United States. Robé studies the development of this theory and criticism over the course of the 1930s, as artists and intellectuals formed alliances in order to establish an engaged political film movement that aspired toward a popular cinema of social change. Combining extensive archival research with careful close analysis of films, Robé explores the origins of this radical social formation of U.S. Left film culture. Grounding his arguments in the surrounding contexts and aesthetics of a few films in particular—Sergei Eisenstein's Que Viva Mexico!, Fritz Lang's Fury, William Dieterle's Juarez, and Jean Renoir's La Marseillaise—Robé focuses on how film theorists and critics sought to foster audiences who might push both film culture and larger social practices in more progressive directions. Turning at one point to anti-lynching films, Robé discusses how these movies united black and white film critics, forging an alliance of writers who championed not only critical spectatorship but also the public support of racial equality. Yet, despite a stated interest in forging more egalitarian social relations, gender bias was endemic in Left criticism of the era, and female-centered films were regularly discounted. Thus Robé provides an in-depth examination of this overlooked shortcoming of U.S. Left film criticism and theory.

An Anthropology of Marxism

An Anthropology of Marxism

  • Author: Cedric J. Robinson
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469649926
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 204
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An Anthropology of Marxism offers Cedric Robinson's analysis of the history of communalism that has been claimed by Marx and Marxists. Suggesting that the socialist ideal was embedded both in Western and non-Western civilizations and cultures long before the opening of the modern era and did not begin with or depend on the existence of capitalism, Robinson interrogates the social, cultural, institutional, and historical materials that were the seedbeds for communal modes of living and reimagining society. Ultimately, it pushes back against Marx's vision of a better society as rooted in a Eurocentric society, and cut off from its own precursors. Accompanied by a new foreword by H.L.T. Quan and a preface by Avery Gordon, this invaluable text reimagines the communal ideal from a broader perspective that transcends modernity, industrialization, and capitalism.

The Migration of Musical Film

The Migration of Musical Film

From Ethnic Margins to American Mainstream

  • Author: Desirée J. Garcia
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 0813568668
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 272
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Movie musicals are among the most quintessentially American art forms, often celebrating mobility, self-expression, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. But like America itself, the Hollywood musical draws from many distinct ethnic traditions. In this illuminating new study, Desirée J. Garcia examines the lesser-known folk musicals from early African American, Yiddish, and Mexican filmmakers, revealing how these were essential ingredients in the melting pot of the Hollywood musical. The Migration of Musical Film shows how the folk musical was rooted in the challenges faced by immigrants and migrants who had to adapt to new environments, balancing American individualism with family values and cultural traditions. Uncovering fresh material from film industry archives, Garcia considers how folk musicals were initially marginal productions, designed to appeal to specific minority audiences, and yet introduced themes that were gradually assimilated into the Hollywood mainstream. No other book offers a comparative historical study of the folk musical, from the first sound films in the 1920s to the genre’s resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s. Using an illustrative rather than comprehensive approach, Garcia focuses on significant moments in the sub-genre and rarely studied films such as Allá en el Rancho Grande along with familiar favorites that drew inspiration from earlier folk musicals—everything from The Wizard of Oz to Zoot Suit. If you think of movie musicals simply as escapist mainstream entertainment, The Migration of Musical Film is sure to leave you singing a different tune.

Black Culture and the New Deal

Black Culture and the New Deal

The Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era

  • Author: Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807833126
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 312
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In the 1930s, the Roosevelt administration-unwilling to antagonize a powerful southern congressional bloc-refused to endorse legislation that openly sought to improve political, economic, and social conditions for African Americans. Instead, as historian

Waste of a White Skin

Waste of a White Skin

The Carnegie Corporation and the Racial Logic of White Vulnerability

  • Author: Tiffany Willoughby-Herard
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520959973
  • Category: History
  • Page: 328
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A pathbreaking history of the development of scientific racism, white nationalism, and segregationist philanthropy in the U.S. and South Africa in the early twentieth century, Waste of a White Skin focuses on the American Carnegie Corporation’s study of race in South Africa, the Poor White Study, and its influence on the creation of apartheid. This book demonstrates the ways in which U.S. elites supported apartheid and Afrikaner Nationalism in the critical period prior to 1948 through philanthropic interventions and shaping scholarly knowledge production. Rather than comparing racial democracies and their engagement with scientific racism, Willoughby-Herard outlines the ways in which a racial regime of global whiteness constitutes domestic racial policies and in part animates black consciousness in seemingly disparate and discontinuous racial democracies. This book uses key paradigms in black political thought—black feminism, black internationalism, and the black radical tradition—to provide a rich account of poverty and work. Much of the scholarship on whiteness in South Africa overlooks the complex politics of white poverty and what they mean for the making of black political action and black people’s presence in the economic system. Ideal for students, scholars, and interested readers in areas related to U.S. History, African History, World History, Diaspora Studies, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science.

Beyond Blackface

Beyond Blackface

African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930

  • Author: William Fitzhugh Brundage
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 0807834629
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 373
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Beyond Blackface

Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature

Presenting Oprah Winfrey, Her Films, and African American Literature

  • Author: T. Green
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137282460
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 182
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Oprah Winfrey has long promoted black issues by being involved as a producer or actor in the adaptation of works by African American writers for film. This volume evaluates Winfrey's involvement in the visual interpretation of African American literary texts using film, music, black masculinity, black feminist, and cultural theory.

Das letzte Bild der Sara de Vos

Das letzte Bild der Sara de Vos

Roman

  • Author: Dominic Smith
  • Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
  • ISBN: 3843714894
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Ein eleganter Pageturner um ein Gemälde aus dem 17. Jahrhundert Sara de Vos ist 1631 die erste Malerin, die in die Meistergilde in Amsterdam aufgenommen wird. Dreihundert Jahre später ist nur ein einziges ihrer Gemälde erhalten geblieben. Das Bild hängt über dem Bett eines reichen, etwas ruhelosen New Yorker Anwalts. Ohne böse Absichten kopiert eine junge Australierin das Bild. Doch die Kopie wird in Umlauf gebracht, mit erschütternden Konsequenzen. Jahrzehnte später treffen die beiden Bilder, die Fälscherin und der Anwalt noch einmal aufeinander ... „Wie der Autor drei Zeitläufte und Städte verbindet ist so brillant wie fesselnd.“ The Washington Post „Smiths Roman erinnert uns daran, dass die Wahrheiten, denen wir vertrauen, wertvoll bleiben, auch wenn sie ungenau sind.“ The Chicago Tribune „Ein Roman über Liebe und Sehnsucht, über Authentizität und ethische Grauzonen, vor allem aber über die Malerei als ein Weg, Trauer in Schönheit zu verwandeln.“ Lauren Groff, Autorin von „Licht und Zorn“ „Hinreißende Erzählkunst. Mit einer fast greifbaren Kenntnis der vielen Verästellungen des menschlichen Herzens. Dieser Roman hält Sie nachts wach, anfangs, weil Sie unbedingt weiterlesen wollen, dann weil Sie bewusst langsamer lesen, um das Ende hinauszuzögern.“ The Boston Globe

Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit

Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit

Drei Studien zur Kunstsoziologie

  • Author: Walter Benjamin
  • Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
  • ISBN: 3518734059
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 112
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Walter Benjamin beschreibt in dem Aufsatz Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit die geschichtlichen, sozialen und ästhetischen Prozesse, die mit der technischen Reproduzierbarkeit des Kunstwerkes zusammenhängen. In die Reihe der kunstsoziologischen Arbeiten Benjamins gehören auch die beiden hier zum ersten Mal in Buchform veröffentlichten Texte: Kleine Geschichte der Photographie (1931) und Eduard Fuchs, der Sammler und der Historiker (1937). Sie erhärten Benjamins Einsichten am Einzelfall.

Sueton's Kaiserbiographien

Sueton's Kaiserbiographien

  • Author: Adolf Stahr
  • Publisher: Рипол Классик
  • ISBN: 5878175878
  • Category: History
  • Page: N.A
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Die Schlafwandler

Die Schlafwandler

Wie Europa in den Ersten Weltkrieg zog

  • Author: Christopher Clark
  • Publisher: DVA
  • ISBN: 3641118778
  • Category: History
  • Page: 896
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Das Standardwerk zum Ersten Weltkrieg Lange Zeit galt es als ausgemacht, dass das deutsche Kaiserreich wegen seiner Großmachtträume die Hauptverantwortung am Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs trug. In seinem bahnbrechenden Werk kommt der renommierte Historiker und Bestsellerautor Christopher Clark zu einer anderen Einschätzung. Clark beschreibt minutiös die Interessen und Motivationen der wichtigsten politischen Akteure in den europäischen Metropolen und zeichnet das Bild einer komplexen Welt, in der gegenseitiges Misstrauen, Fehleinschätzungen, Überheblichkeit, Expansionspläne und nationalistische Bestrebungen zu einer Situation führten, in der ein Funke genügte, den Krieg auszulösen, dessen verheerende Folgen kaum jemand abzuschätzen vermochte.

... trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen

... trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen

Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager

  • Author: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Publisher: Kösel-Verlag
  • ISBN: 3641059038
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 192
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Mehrere Jahre musste der österreichische Psychologe Viktor E. Frankl in deutschen Konzentrationslagern verbringen. Doch trotz all des Leids, das er dort sah und erlebte, kam er zu dem Schluss, dass es selbst an Orten der größten Unmenschlichkeit möglich ist, einen Sinn im Leben zu sehen. Seine Erinnerungen, die er in diesem Buch festhielt und die über Jahrzehnte Millionen von Menschen bewegten, sollen weder Mitleid erregen noch Anklage erheben. Sie sollen Kraft zum Leben geben.

The Journal of African American History

The Journal of African American History

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: African Americans
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"Donation of Constantine" and "Constitutum Constantini"

The Misinterpretation of a Fiction and its Original Meaning. With a contribution by Wolfram Brandes: "The Satraps of Constantine"

  • Author: Johannes Fried
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
  • ISBN: 3110902230
  • Category: History
  • Page: 201
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The Donation of Constantine is the largest and most powerful forgery in world history. Disputed until modern times, this document was the fuel of religious war, used by both the reformation, as well as the counter-reformation. Johannes Fried not only reinterprets the origin of this forgery (i.e. he ascribes it to the Franks’ opposition of Emperor Louis the Pious), but retells, as well, the history of its misinterpretation since the High Middle Ages.

The International Magazine of Literature, Art, and Science

The International Magazine of Literature, Art, and Science

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  • Publisher: N.A
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The International Monthly Magazine of Literature, Science, and Art

The International Monthly Magazine of Literature, Science, and Art

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
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Der Lärm der Zeit

Der Lärm der Zeit

Roman

  • Author: Julian Barnes
  • Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
  • ISBN: 3462316974
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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Julian Barnes’ meisterhafter Roman über Dmitri Schostakowitsch Im Mai 1937 wartet ein Mann jede Nacht neben dem Fahrstuhl seiner Leningrader Wohnung darauf, dass Stalins Schergen kommen und ihn abholen. Der Mann ist der Komponist Schostakowitsch, und er wartet am Lift, um seiner Familie den Anblick seiner Verhaftung zu ersparen. Die Gunst der Mächtigen zu erlangen, hat zwei Seiten: Stalin, der sich plötzlich für seine Musik zu interessieren scheint, verlässt noch in der Pause die Aufführung seiner Oper »Lady Macbeth von Mzensk«. Fortan ist Schostakowitsch ein zum Abschuss freigegebener Mann. Durch Glück entgeht er der Säuberung, doch was bedeutet es für einen Künstler, keine Entscheidung frei treffen zu können? In welchem Verhältnis stehen Kunst und Unterdrückung, Diktatur und Kreativität zueinander, und ist es verwerflich, wenn man sich der Macht beugt, um künstlerisch arbeiten zu können? Im neuen Roman von Julian Barnes wird das von Repressionen geprägte Leben von Schostakowitsch in meisterhafter Knappheit dargestellt – ein großartiger Künstlerroman, der die Frage der Integrität stellt und traurige Aktualität genießt.