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Oscar Micheaux's Body and Soul and the Burden of Representation

From: Cinema Journal
39, Number 3, Spring 2000
pp. 3-29 | 10.1353/cj.2000.0006



This essay explores Oscar Micheaux's silent drama Body and Soul (1925) and some of the critical discourses of the period. It also addresses the politics of racial identity and the quest for racial unity in a period when the class structure within the African American community was becoming more stratified.