Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Once You Go Black by Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Richard Wright. Ralph Ellison. James Baldwin. Literary and cultural critic Robert Reid-Pharr asserts that these and other post-World War II intellectuals announced the very themes of race, gender, and sexuality with which so many contemporary critics are now engaged. While at its most elemental Once You Go Black is an homage to these thinkers, it is at the same time a reconsideration of black Americans as agents, and not simply products, of history. Reid-Pharr contends that our current notions of black American identity are not inevitable, nor have they simply been forced onto the black community. Instead, he argues, black American intellectuals have actively chosen the identity schemes that seem to us so natural today.Turning first to the late and relatively obscure novels of Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin, Reid-Pharr suggests that each of these authors rejects the idea of the black as innocent. Instead they insisted upon the responsibility of all citizens-even the most oppressed-within modern society. Reid-Pharr then examines a number of responses to this presumed erosion of black innocence, paying particular attention to articulations of black masculinity by Huey Newton, one of the two founders of the Black Panther Party, and Melvin Van Peebles, director of the classic film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.Shuttling between queer theory, intellectual history, literary close readings, and autobiography, Once You Go Black is an impassioned, eloquent, and elegant call to bring the language of choice into the study of black American literature and culture. At the same time, it represents a hard-headed rejection of the presumed inevitability of what Reid-Pharr names racial desire in the production of either culture or cultural studies.

Buy Once You Go Black by Robert F. Reid-Pharr from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780814775844
ISBN-10: 0814775845
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Once You Go Black by Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Book Reviews - Once You Go Black by Robert F. Reid-Pharr

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Once You Go Black book by Robert F. Reid-Pharr and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Robert F. Reid-Pharr is Distinguished and Presidential Professor of American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of three books, Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual (NYU Press, 2007), Black Gay Man: Essays (NYU Press, 2001), and Conjugal Union: The Body, the House, and the Black American (1999).

Books By Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Archives of Flesh by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Paperback, November 2016
$48.59
Phallos by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Paperback, April 2013
$33.12
Black Gay Man by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Paperback, April 2001
$44.99
Conjugal Union by Robert F. Reid-Pharr
Hardback, June 1999
$94.46