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Violence from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter

African American History and Representation, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Dix, Peter Templeton

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248 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Violence from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter brings together perspectives on violence and its representation in African American history from slavery to the present moment. Contributors explore how violence, signifying both an instrument of the white majority’s power and a modality of black resistance, has been understood and articulated in primary materials that range from slave narrative through ‘lynching plays’ and Richard Wright’s fiction to contemporary activist poetry, and from photography of African American suffering through Blaxploitation cinema and Spike Lee’s films to rap lyrics and performances. Diverse both in their period coverage and their choice of medium for discussion, the eleven essays are unified by a shared concern to unpack violence’s multiple meanings for black America. Underlying the collection, too, is not only the desire to memorialise past moments of black American suffering and resistance, but, in politically timely fashion, to explore their connections to our current conjuncture.

Table of Contents

Introduction: African American History, Violence and Problems of Representation

Andrew Dix

PART 1: THE VIOLENCES OF SLAVERY

  1. "The Zest of Sport": Representing Slave Hunting as Sport in the Antebellum and Jim Crow Eras

Catherine Armstrong

2 "My massa whip me, cause I love you": Violence towards Slaves in Antebellum Southern Literature Peter Templeton

3 "Monstrous Perversions and Lying Inventions": Moses Roper’s Performative Resistance to the Transatlantic Imagination of American Slavery

Hannah-Rose Murray

4 "The lynching had to be the best it could be done": Slavery, Suffering and Spectacle in Recent American Cinema

Lydia J. Plath

PART 2: FROM CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS

5 Making Lynching Male: A Canon-Shaping Tendency

Koritha Mitchell

6 Lynching Photography and African American Melancholia

Cassandra Jackson

7 A Necessary Undoing: The Implications of Violence in Richard Wright’s Native Son and The Outsider

Maggie McKinley

PART 3: FROM BLAXPLOITATION TO #BLACK LIVES MATTER

8 "The baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad": Pam Grier, Angela Davis and the Politics of Female Violence in Blaxploitation Cinema

Andrew Dix

9 The Topos of Lyrical Gunplay: Hip-Hop and the Process of Civilization

Stephan Kuhl

10 Towards a Black Prophetic Critique of Neoliberal State Violence: Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and the Death of Eric Garner

Luvena Kopp

11 Formal Violence: The Black Lives Matter Movement and Contemporary Elegy

Gavan Lennon

About the Editors

Dr Andrew Dix is a Lecturer in American Literature and Film at the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University

Dr Peter Templeton is an Honorary Fellow School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LIT004040
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American
LIT024000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General
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LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics