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Rascaroli, Laura
2020 September
I Am Not Your Negro: A Docalogue
James Baldwin’s embodied absence: I Am Not Your Negro and filmic corporeality
New York
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The body I Am Not Your Negro American history James Baldwin
As an essay on North American history and on the rift between lived experience and ideological images that obfuscate it, I Am Not Your Negro relies on a key motif: the body. I argue that I Am Not Your Negro’s engagement with Baldwin’s ideas on the question of Black bodies and their effacement from American history, media, and society becomes the kernel of the film’s narrative and discursive strategy. As a documentary, I Am Not Your Negro carries out a historical/biographical work of testimony and assemblage, and is a vehicle for Baldwin’s ideas; as an essay, it suggests a corporeal fullness to Baldwin’s textual fragments by giving them a filmic voice. Located between reality and imaginary, present and past, substance and image, the essayistic constitutes itself through voiceover as an embodied absence that carries the weight of the argument in its filmic flesh.
Baron, Jaimie; Fuhs, Kristen
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