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Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms

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Red, White & Black is a provocative critique of socially engaged films and related critical discourse. Offering an unflinching account of race and representation, Frank B. Wilderson III asks whether such films accurately represent the structure of U.S. racial antagonisms. That structure, he argues, is based on three essential subject positions: that of the White (the “ ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 19th 2010 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alexis
Nov 11, 2013 Alexis rated it it was amazing
Blew my doors off. Very challenging text, and one I will need to re-visit to fully understand, but well worth the effort. Can't look at film or criticism the same way again.
Lenny D
Mar 28, 2014 Lenny D rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As Wilderson compels me to recognize, any opinion of mine on this work is basically illegitimate. In his tightly described worldview, I, a White, have agency, and he does not. Simple as that. Actually, more than that: I have spatial and temporal capacity, and he has none. I can only approach this dialectic as a Master, a full Human, a conqueror. He is a Slave, a void, deprived of all capacity. In his analysis, I am antagonistically set against relating with anything experienced by a Black.

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Sep 15, 2012 Sara-Maria rated it it was amazing
thrilled to be taking a film class with this man next week.
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Mar 10, 2012 Ralowe Ampu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: afropessimism
afropessimism is here schematized by name with respect to the eponymous designations of sentience which emerge with the ravenous colonial expansion of modernity through the western hemisphere known popularly as the US of A. wilderon provides a pedagogy without an ambition to pedagogue: "agency" is only possible upon the condition of gratuitous structural violence, and even then not accessible to just anyone. agency exists absolutely for whites, partially for indians and not at all for the ...more
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Jul 29, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
this is a powerful book. afropessimism is an intervention whose conclusions are open ended and whose imagination is unlimited. its power is frightening and what frank achieves in this books seeps past the bounds of cinema to describe how fundamental antiblackness is to what we know as the world. frank is a great writer, powerful thinker and great teacher. glad to have met him and spoken with him while i was uc irvine.
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