Searching for the New Black Man
Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies
Publication Year: 2013
Using the slave narratives of Henry Bibb and Frederick Douglass, as well as the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, Walter Mosley, and Barack Obama, Ronda C. Henry Anthony examines how women's bodies are used in African American literature to fund the production of black masculine ideality and power. In tracing representations of ideal black masculinities and femininities, Henry Anthony shows how black men's struggles for gendered agency are inextricably bound up with their complicated relation to white men and normative masculinity. The historical context in which Henry Anthony couches these struggles highlights the extent to which shifting socioeconomic circumstances dictate the ideological, cultural, and emotional terms upon which black men conceptualize identity.Yet, Henry Anthony quickly moves to texts that challenge traditional constructions of black masculinity. In these texts Henry Anthony traces how the emergence of collaboratively-gendered discourses, or a blending of black female/male feminist consciousnesses, are reshaping black masculinities, femininities, and intraracial relations for a new century.
Published by: University Press of Mississippi
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QUite a few PeoPle have been vitally iMPortant to the coMPletion of this book. I’ve been working on this project for so long that I could not have sustained progress without their help, consideration, and willingness to allow me to work on this instead of other things. Their patience, strength, guidance, and wisdom have made this book possible. I owe so much to them all! When I ...
Introduction: Searching for the “New Black Man”? From Masculine Ideality to Progressive Black Masculinities
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...i was first introdUced to richard wright’s NatIve SoN in an UndergradUate African American literature course. My professor explained that in 1940, the year Native Son was published, Wright’s novel was considered revolutionary. He asserted that the novel’s greatness resided in several areas: its construc-tions of black masculinity; its use of naturalism and the sociological insights ...
Chapter One: Dominant versus Subordinate Masculinities and the Gendered Oppositions between Slavery and Freedom
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...as i begin My stUdy with “a rePresentative historical ePisode that helPs ren-der black masculinity evolutionary, frame by frame” (Wallace 9), there can be no more representative literary historical episode than the period during which the influence of slave narratives reached its zenith. Within the liter-ary productions of black men during the nineteenth century, one man’s text ...
Chapter Two: Unsexing the Black Girl to Get to the Indian Princess: The Production of Talented-Tenth Black Masculine Power and the Cleansing and Transcending of Black (Wo) Manhood in W. E. B. Du Bois
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Cleansing and transcending of Black (Wo)Manhood in W. e. B. du BoisOn the basis of the foregoing declaration, and firmly believing in our high des-tiny, we, as American Negroes, are resolved to strive in every honorable way for the realization of the best and highest aims, for the development of strong manhood and pure womanhood, and for the rearing of a race ideal in America ...
Chapter Three: “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”: James Baldwin, Cross-Racial/Sexual Bond(age)ing, and the Cult of Hegemonic Black Masculinity
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...according to richard wright’s NatIve SoN (1940) and “how bigger was born,” the black masculine must always (and at all costs) be coded as powerful and, by implication, the feminized coded as weak and dangerous in its threat to the stability of the expression of power within the terms of ideal masculin-ity. This binary structure makes it necessary in Native Son for all feminized ...
Chapter Four: Breakin’ the Rules: Socrates Fortlow, Ethics, and Walter Mosley’s Constructions of Progressive Black Masculinities
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Socrates Fortlow, ethics, and Walter Mosley’s Constructions of in an interview with charlotte watson sherMan, walter Mosley articUlates his vision of Socrates Fortlow, the main character of Always Outnumbered, I’m writing a new series of stories, “The Socrates Stories,” to do a few things. I’m using Socrates, my character, to address the racial problems ...
Chapter Five: Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, the Economies of Respectable Black Manhood and Leadership, and the Politics of Collaboratively Gendered Black Male Feminist Autobiography
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In the SouLS oF BLaCk FoLk (1903), w. e. b. dU bois establishes the terMs of respectable black manhood and leadership for the new century. Using pre-vious determinations of ideal masculinity constructed by men like Martin Delany, Alexander Crummell, and Frederick Douglass, Du Bois consoli-dates his figurations of talented-tenth masculinity to empower black men ...
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Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Margaret Walker Alexander Series in African American Studies