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Author Sheppard, Samantha N., author.

Title Sporting blackness : race, embodiment, and critical muscle memory on screen / Samantha N. Sheppard
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 250 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : sporting blackness and critical muscle memory -- Historical contestants in black sports documentaries -- Racial iconicity and the transmedia black athlete -- Black female incommensurability and athletic genders -- The revolt of the cinematic black athlete -- Conclusion : the fitness of sporting blackness
Summary "Sporting Blackness examines issues of race and representation in sports films, exploring what it means to embody, perform, play out, and contest blackness by representations of Black athletes on screen. By presenting new critical terms, Sheppard analyzes not only "skin in the game," or how racial representation shapes the genre's imagery, but also "skin in the genre," or the formal consequences of blackness on the sport film genre's modes, codes, and conventions. Through a rich interdisciplinary approach, Sheppard argues that representations of Black sporting bodies contain "critical muscle memories," embodied, kinesthetic, and cinematic histories that go beyond a film's plot to index, circulate, and reproduce broader narratives about Black sporting and non-sporting experiences in American society"-- Provided by publisher
Notes "The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 04, 2020)
Subject African Americans in motion pictures.
Race in motion pictures.
Sports in motion pictures.
African Americans in motion pictures.
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
Race in motion pictures.
Sports in motion pictures.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019059433
ISBN 0520973852