Hollywood be thy name: African American religion in American film, 1929-1949

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Abstract

From the earliest years of sound film in America, Hollywood studios and independent producers of "race films" for black audiences created stories featuring African American religious practices. In the first book to examine how the movies constructed images of African American religion, Judith Weisenfeld explores these cinematic representations and how they reflected and contributed to complicated discourses about race, the social and moral requirements of American citizenship, and the very nature of American identity. Drawing on such textual sources as studio production files, censorship records, and discussions and debates about religion and film in the black press, as well as providing close readings of films, this richly illustrated and meticulously researched book brings religious studies and film history together in innovative ways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of California Press
ISBN (Print)9780520227743
StatePublished - Jun 8 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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