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Autor: Mark Anthony Neal
ISBN-13: 9780814760604
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Seiten: 224
Sprache: Englisch
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Looking for Leroy

Postmillennial Pop
Illegible Black Masculinities
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Mark Anthony Neal’s Looking for Leroy is an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility. The most “legible” black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gendered identities.  Neal highlights the radical potential of rendering legible black male bodies—those bodies that are all too real for us—as illegible, while simultaneously rendering illegible black male bodies—those versions of black masculinity that we can’t believe are real—as legible. In examining figures such as hip-hop entrepreneur and artist Jay-Z, R&B Svengali R. Kelly, the late vocalist Luther Vandross, and characters from the hit HBO series The Wire, among others, Neal demonstrates how distinct representations of black masculinity can break the links in the public imagination that create antagonism toward black men. Looking for Leroy features close readings of contemporary black masculinity and popular culture, highlighting both the complexity and accessibility of black men and boys through visual and sonic cues within American culture, media, and public policy. By rendering legible the illegible, Neal maps the range of identifications and anxieties that have marked the performance and reception of post-Civil Rights era African American masculinity.
Preface: Waiting for Leroy ixAcknowledgments xiIntroduction 11 A Foot Deep in the Culture: The Thug Knowledge(s) of A Man Called Hawk 132 “My Passport Says Shawn”: Toward a Hip-Hop Cosmopolitanism 353 The Block Is Hot: Legibility and Loci in The Wire 874 R. Kelly’s Closet: Shame, Desire, and the Confessions of a (Postmodern) Soul Man 1175 Fear of a Queer Soul Man: The Legacy of Luther Vandross 143Postscript: Looking for Denzel, Finding Barack 169Notes 181Index 197About the Author 207

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Autor: Mark Anthony Neal
ISBN-13 :: 9780814760604
ISBN: 0814760600
Verlag: NYU Press
Seiten: 224
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Ebook, 22,86x12,7x cm