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Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 Paperback – June 8, 2007

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"Weisenfeld is a professor of religion, but ... proves amply that she is also a first-rate cinema scholar, at home both when working as a cultural historian and ... as a textual interpreter."--Film Quarterly

"The author's magic . . . is her ability to juggle African American history, film history, and black religiosity in a manner that is highly readable.  It is indeed a major accomplishment." --Reviews in American History

"Judith Weisenfeld's richly documented book uncovers an aspect of cultural images of African American religion that has been missing up to now. Readers will find a treasure trove of fresh insights. . . ." --Church History

"An illuminating study of the history of race and film in America."--Kathy L. Glass"African American Review" (07/01/2010)

An illuminating study of the history of race and film in America. --Kathy L. Glass"African American Review" (07/01/2010)"

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"This is a ground-breaking book. The text is remarkable in its use of MPAA files and studio archives; Weisenfeld uncovers all sorts of side stories that enrich the larger narrative. The writing is clear and concise, and Weisenfeld makes important theoretical interpretations without indulging in difficult jargon. She incorporates both film theory and race theory in graceful, non-obtrusive ways that deepen understanding. This is an outstanding work."—Colleen McDannell, author of Picturing Faith: Photography and the Great Depression
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520251008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520251007
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a one-of-a-kind book, placed between U.S. Religious history, African-American traditions, and film history. No other study has articulated what Weisenfeld achieves here. It is a grounded work in articulating African American religious history through a history of film production. This includes both its heyday (a ala Oscar Micheaux and others) and its eventual demise at the hands of the big Hollywood studios. Should be included for all general "Religion in America" courses, as well as "Religion and Film" courses.
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An important book in both film and African American studies.
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