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Looking for Leroy
Author: Mark Anthony Neal

ISBN: 9780814758359
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 7 April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 13.0 x 2.3
Description:
Mark Anthony Neal's Looking for Leroy is an engaging and provocative analysis of the complex ways in which black masculinity has been read and misread through contemporary American popular culture. Neal argues that black men and boys are bound, in profound ways, to and by their legibility. The most "legible" black male bodies are often rendered as criminal, bodies in need of policing and containment. Ironically, Neal argues, this sort of legibility brings welcome relief to white America, providing easily identifiable images of black men in an era defined by shifts in racial, sexual, and gendered identities. Neal highlights the radical potential of rendering legible black male bodies-those bodies that are all too real for us-as illegible, while simultaneously rendering illegible black male bodies-those versions of black masculinity that we can't believe are real-as legible. In examining figures such as hip-hop entrepreneur and artist Jay-Z, R&B Svengali R. Kelly, the late vocalist Luther Vandross, and characters from the hit HBO seriesThe Wire, among others, Neal demonstrates how distinct representations of black mascul...

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