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Author Lott, Tommy Lee, 1946-

Title The invention of race : black culture and the politics of representation / Tommy L. Lott
Published Malden, Mass. ; Oxford, UK : Blackwell, 1999


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Description [vi], 227 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. Racist Discourse and the Negro-ape Metaphor -- 2. Slavery, Modernity, and the Reclamation of Anterior Cultures -- 3. Frederick Douglass on the Myth of the Black Rapist -- 4. Du Bois on the Invention of Race -- 5. Black Consciousness in the Art of Sargent Johnson -- 6. Black Vernacular Representation and Cultural Malpractice -- 7. Marooned in America: Black Urban Youth Culture and Social Pathology -- 8. Black Marxist in Babylon: Bayard Rustin and the 1968 UFT Strike -- 9. A No-theory Theory of Contemporary Black Cinema -- 10. Prime-time Blackness
Summary The philosopher Tommy Lott here provides a critique of the issues that shape our understanding of the role of black culture in the political struggles and self-affirmation of black people. Lott argues that many forms of African-American cultural expression display resistance through appropriation, and reconstitution, of denigrating representations fostered by the dominant racist culture. Beginning with a tour de force entitled "Racist Discourse and the Negro-ape Metaphor," he goes on in subsequent chapters to discuss slavery, cultural identity, art, music, film, and television, engaging in a wide variety of issues pertaining to the politics of representation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject African American arts.
African Americans in popular culture.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
African Americans -- Race identity.
Racism in popular culture -- United States.
Racism in popular culture.
Racism -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
LC no. 98026086
ISBN 0631210180 (acid-free paper)
0631210199 (paperback: acid-free paper)