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Looking for Leroy : Illegible Black Masculinities.

Author: Mark Anthony Neal
Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2013.
Series: Postmillennial Pop Series.
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Neal, Mark Anthony.
Looking for Leroy : Illegible Black Masculinities.
New York : NYU Press, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Anthony Neal
ISBN: 9780814789407 0814789404
OCLC Number: 831118214
Description: 1 online resource (222 pages).
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface: Waiting for Leroy; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 A Foot Deep in the Culture: The Thug Knowledge(s) of A Man Called Hawk; 2 "My Passport Says Shawn": Toward a Hip-Hop Cosmopolitanism; 3 The Block Is Hot: Legibility and Loci in The Wire; 4 R. Kelly's Closet: Shame, Desire, and the Confessions of a (Postmodern) Soul Man; 5 Fear of a Queer Soul Man: The Legacy of Luther Vandross; Postscript: Looking for Denzel, Finding Barack; Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z; About the Author.
Series Title: Postmillennial Pop Series.

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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 gender.

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