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Cinematic FictionsThe Impact of the Cinema on the American Novel up to World War II$
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David Seed

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312120

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315190

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Taking Possession of the Images: African American Writers and the Cinema

Taking Possession of the Images: African American Writers and the Cinema

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(p.212) 11 Taking Possession of the Images: African American Writers and the Cinema
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Cinematic Fictions
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DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315190.012

This chapter examines the problems encountered by African American writers such as Oscar Micheaux, Zora Hurston, and Richard Wright in cultural representation. At the beginning of the twentieth century, African American writers were severely disadvantaged by the fact that they were operating within a culture in which they were already colonised by hostile stereotypes. Their self-images were not their own, nor did their situation improve with the coming of the cinema.

Keywords:   African American writers, filmmakers, Oscar Micheaux, Zora Hurston, Richard Wright, cultural representation, cinema, self-image

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