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Confronted with Too Much

Todd McGowan

in Spike Lee

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038143
eISBN:
9780252095405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038143.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes the films of Spike Lee. Lee's films employ types of excess such as unconventional shots, extreme characters, and improbable scenes to intervene in critical issues that trouble ... More


Spike and Tyler’s Beef: Blackness, Authenticity, and Discourses of Black Exceptionalism

Karen M. Bowdre

in From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781496807045
eISBN:
9781496807083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807045.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Moving the conversation about Perry to a more meta-discursive level, Karen M. Bowdre’s chapter features an examination of the careers of Spike Lee and Tyler Perry.The way we discuss Black Hollywood ... More


From Civil Rights to Black Nationalism: Hollywood V. Black America?

Trevor B. McCrisken and Andrew Pepper

in American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748614899
eISBN:
9780748670666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614899.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

If contemporary filmmakers have felt compelled to do away with the explicit racism of pre-civil rights Hollywood movie-making and make African Americans the subjects rather than the objects of their ... More


Reinterpreting Revenge: Authorship, Excess and the Critical Reception of Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Daniel Martin

in Transnational Film Remakes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474407236
eISBN:
9781474434812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474407236.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy (2003) achieved only moderate success on its initial release in South Korea, but upon finding international distribution it attained much greater notoriety, winning a major ... More


Spike Lee

Todd McGowan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038143
eISBN:
9780252095405
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038143.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Since the release of Do the Right Thing in 1989, Spike Lee has established himself as a cinematic icon. Lee's mostly independent films garner popular audiences while at the same time engaging in ... More


Sacrificing Race: “The Slaveholding Religion” from Jarena Lee to Spike Lee

Jon Pahl

in Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767627
eISBN:
9780814768440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767627.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how the category of “whiteness” served as a religious construct to produce the practice of chattel slavery in early America and continues to undergird more durable forms of ... More


Introduction

in Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226253022
eISBN:
9780226253053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226253053.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This book, which examines black visuality and performance, works against the black iconicity of which Spike Lee and his films are two of the largest proponents in post-1960s American culture. Do the ... More


Satirizing Satire: Symbolic Violence and Subversion in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled

Luvena Kopp

in Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781617039973
eISBN:
9781626740280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039973.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter employs Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of “symbolic violence” in order to analyse Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled. This film targets both the overtly racist cultural practices like minstrelsy as ... More


Epilogue: Democracy’s Plunges

Gregory Laski

in Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress After Slavery

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190642792
eISBN:
9780190642815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190642792.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, African-American Literature

The Epilogue places Spike Lee’s Bamboozled into dialogue with the thought of Ralph Ellison, whose Invisible Man constitutes the silent source for Lee’s film. At the center of both works is the image ... More


“Ali Likes the Film a Lot. He’s Seen it Six Times”1

Xan Brooks

in Michael Mann Cinema And Television: Interviews, 1980-2012

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748693542
eISBN:
9781474406451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693542.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyses Ali, a film by Michael Mann. Starring Will Smith in the title role, Ali tells the story of the boxer Muhammad Ali, including his capture of the heavyweight title from Sonny ... More


Blackface Transformations II: Voyeurism, Identity, and Double-Consciousness

Christopher J. Smith

in Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042393
eISBN:
9780252051234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042393.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter draws upon iconography, film studies, and semiotics in two examples of electronically mediated masking that intentionally subvert the voyeuristic white gaze. It investigates the ... More


Interview with Spike Lee

Todd McGowan

in Spike Lee

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038143
eISBN:
9780252095405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038143.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents an interview with Spike Lee. Topics covered include what he thinks about the love/hate relationship between Italian Americans and black Americans in the 1970s and 1980s; whether ... More


. Arts Beat

Wayne Dawkins

in City Son: Andrew W. Cooper's Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032585
eISBN:
9781617032592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032585.003.0014
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter describes the City Sun’s feature story on filmmaker Spike Lee on August 6–12, 1986; the publication of movie and arts critic Armond White’s blistering review of Eddie Murphy’s ... More


Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema

Guy Westwell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172035
eISBN:
9780231850728
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172035.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book describes how post-9/11 cinema, from Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002) to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), relates to different, and competing, versions of US national identity in the ... More


Recording Reality, Desiring the Real

Elizabeth Cowie

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816645480
eISBN:
9781452945866
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.001.0001
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

Documentary has once again emerged as one of the most vital cultural forms, whether seen in cinemas or inside the home, as digital, film, or video. This book looks at the history of documentary and ... More


Whither the Serial Killer Movie?

Philip L. Simpson

in American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734539
eISBN:
9781621031048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734539.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers a critical overview of the serial killer film, especially in the light of the subgenre’s intense cultural significance during the 1980s and 1990s and its subsequent descent into ... More


Black Surplus in the Pacific Century: Ownership and Dispossession in the Hood Film

Helen Heran Jun

in Race for Citizenship: Black Orientalism and Asian Uplift from Pre-Emancipation to Neoliberal America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814742976
eISBN:
9780814743324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814742976.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter looks at two seminal black films: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1988) and John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood (1991). Lee's film marks a convergence of historical processes by which the ... More


What to Make of Gendered Bodies?: Addressing the Male Problem

Anthony B. Pinn

in Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767740
eISBN:
9780814768518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767740.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the theological construction and deconstruction of the black male. It uses Spike Lee's Get on the Bus to raise questions about the way in which even troubled notions of ... More


A Piece of the Rock: Post–Civil Rights Losses, Gains, and Remnants

Imani Perry

in May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638607
eISBN:
9781469638621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638607.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes the rise of Black political power and modest desegregation gains of the 1970s and 80s. In the midst of the expansion of Black presence in the public eye, and the waning of ... More


Why Passing Is (Still) Not Passé after More Than 250 Years: Sources from the Past and Present

Martha J. Cutter

in Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041587
eISBN:
9780252050244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041587.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Some scholars argue that racial passing began in the mid- to late nineteenth century, reached its pinnacle in the early twentieth century, and then abated by the 1930s. This chapter substantiates, ... More


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