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Challenging The Authenticity/Minstrelsy Lens: Jacqueline Stewart On Spencer Williams At BFC/A

Challenging The Authenticity/Minstrelsy Lens: Jacqueline Stewart On Spencer Williams At BFC/A

Courtesy of the Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A)… news you can use, especially if you like in the Bloomington, IN area.

This should be very worthwhile, in light of continuous conversations about representation right here on this blog:

On Friday, October 26th, at 4PM, visiting scholar Jacqueline Stewart will present the 2012 James Naremore Lecture at IU Cinema, “The Films of Spencer Williams: A Comic History of Race Movies.

Stewart, an Associate Professor of Radio/Film/Television and African American Studies at Northwestern University, and author of the award-winning Migrating to the Movies: Cinema and Black Urban Modernity, will survey the filmmaking career of Spencer Williams (1893-1969) and discuss the integral role and social impact of comedy in these early Black-cast films. The comic elements of race movies, ranging in approach from parody to slapstick and stand-up, have been overlooked by scholars, among whom a greater focus has been placed on the Black-cast melodrama and its response to racial stereotyping.

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