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Black British Cultural Studies

A Reader

Black British Cultural Studies has attracted significant attention recently in the American academy both as a model for cultural studies generally and as a corrective to reigning constructions of Blackness within African-American studies. This anthology offers the first book-length selection of writings by key figures in this field.

From Stuart Hall’s classic study of racially structured societies to an interview by Manthia Diawara with Sonia Boyce, a leading figure in the Black British arts movement, the papers included here have transformed cultural studies through their sustained focus on the issue of race. Much of the book centers on Black British arts, especially film, ranging from a historical overview of Black British cinema to a weighing of the costly burden on Black artists of representing their communities. Other essays consider such topics as race and representation and colonial and postcolonial discourse.

This anthology will be an invaluable and timely resource for everyone interested in cultural studies. It also has much to offer students of anthropology, sociology, media and film studies, and literary criticism.

348 pages | 4 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1996

Black Literature and Culture

Black Studies

Culture Studies

Literature and Literary Criticism: British and Irish Literature

Table of Contents

Introduction: Representing Blackness/Representing Britain: Cultural Studies and the Politics of Knowledge
Houston A. Baker, Jr., Stephen Best, Ruth H. Lindeborg.
1: Race, Articulation, and Societies Structured in Dominance
Stuart Hall
2: White Woman Listen! Black Feminism and the Boundaries of Sisterhood
Hazel V. Carby
3: The Other Question: Difference, Discrimination, and the Discourse of Colonialism
Homi K. Bhabha
4: Black Cinemas, Film Theory, and Dependent Knowledge
Robert Crusz
5: Minimal Selves
Stuart Hall
6: Digging for Britain: An Excavation in Seven Parts
Dick Hebdige
7: New Ethnicities
Stuart Hall
8: Two Kinds of Otherness: Black Film and the Avant-Garde
Judith Williamson
9: The Cultural Context of Black British Cinema
Jim Pines
10: De Margin and De Center
Isaac Julien, Kobena Mercer.
11: Cultural Identity and Cinematic Representation
Stuart Hall
12: British Cultural Studies and the Pitfalls of Identity
Paul Gilroy
13: Beyond the Boundary: The Work of Three Black Women Artists in Britain
Gilane Tawadros
14: Just Looking for Trouble: Robert Mapplethorpe and Fantasies of Race
Kobena Mercer
15: Black British Cinema: Spectatorship and Identity Formation in Territories
Manthia Diawara
16: The Art of Identity: A Conversation
Sonia Boyce, Manthia Diawara.
A Selected Bibliography
Ruth H. Lindeborg

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