She says in her introduction that when she was teaching classes on feminism, her students had a tough time understanding some theories. Black Men and Masculinity This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged bell hooks , cultural studies , Film by Andrea. Her work uses a variety of writing styles including the use of anecdotes from her life.
I've been on a Charles Burnett kick lately, so that was my original reason for retrieving this book off my shelf. She is a leftist and postmodern political and cultural thinker. From Margin to Center Outlaw Culture: I tend to agree with her in what she says, and I wouldn't have thought I'd say this but I think she fails in her intersectional analysis at times. Resisting Representations We Real Cool: When she implemented films into her course, she said that she noticed students learned more about theory through movies they were watching. She says in her introduction that when she was teaching classes on feminism, her students had a tough time understanding some theories. All her opinions regarding race in relation to the film are pretty on point in my opinion, and I also appreciate that she criticizes the film's tendency to juxtapose tragedy and spectacle in ways that potentially could allow audiences to view the film as primarily "entertaining". Some of the essays interested me more than others. This is precisely what the book does well. I think reading Reel to Real really helped me think about larger issues related to marginalized groups in film. However, the recurring and generalizing use of "gay men" to describe the characters seems weird at best and erases the fact that a large number of the people in the film are decidedly NOT male-identified. In particular, film critics seem to ignore that our perspectives, framed by our social location, encompassing race, gender, culture, etc. But other than that this book is awesome! Similarly, the method used in Reel to Real is an interdisciplinary approach to cultural studies and black feminist studies. Jul 20, Charles rated it it was amazing bell hook's critical analysis of film offers insights that are woefully lacking from contemporary film criticism. I've been reading a lot lately about the independent film scene of the 80s and 90s. She enjoys watching movies and criticizing them all at the same time. In saying that the film was made in a way that "makes it appear that the characters are estranged from any community beyond themselves" and that "families, friends, and the like are not shown" she ignores the fact that many of the characters actually discuss how they have created the community they have which includes families partially because gay people, and in particular gender-nonconforming gay men and transwomen were and are subject to violence in their families of origin. Black Men and Masculinity This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged bell hooks , cultural studies , Film by Andrea. That idea is encouraging to me because I know that although mainstream thinking is very exclusive of WOC filmmakers there are communities of people that will enjoy the feminist films you bring to the screen. In this book, especially good is the "Waiting to Exhale" feminist mockery piece. Her discussion of how drag queens are not personifying real women was uncomfortably gender-essentialist. I love your topic! Black Women and Feminism Bone Black:
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