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Precious and Push-- Black Camera (IUPress)
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Black Camera Journal
Black Camera invites submissions for a special issue or section of a future issue devoted to a critical assessment of the Film Precious and the Novel Push by Sapphire (upon which Precious is based) to be published in Fall 2012.
Almost 15 years ago, a reviewer described Sapphire’s Push as “a fascinating novel that may well find its place in the African American literary canon.” It has taken years for Push —disturbing, demanding, irrepressibly compelling—to edge appreciably into the ‘cannon’ and to begin to get the attention it deserves. But it has never been more center-stage than it is now with the making of the award-winning motion picture Precious, itself an undeniably captivating work. Precious has garnered several accolades, notable among them Oscars for acting and screen-writing and numerous distinctions for directing.
Critical Accounts of: Sexual and Psychic Trauma; the Temporality and the Cinematic Temporalization of Trauma; Trauma’s Cinematic Configurations; Incest; Sexual Violence by Males and Females; Black Female Subjectivities; Motherhood; Mental Health; Melancholia; Displacement and Dispossession; Rape; Rage; Redemption; Redress, Resilience; Hope; Imagination; Constructions and Representations of Lesbian and Queer Identities and Desire; Homophobia and Heterosexism; Whiteness; Poverty; Literacy and Language; Governmentality, the Welfare State, and Black Female Bodies; the Management of Black Female Reproduction; HIV and AIDS in the 1980’s and the present; Death and Dying—social and somatic; Corporeality and Embodiment; Spirit Murder; Translation and Interiority; Harlem and New York City as ideas and geographical sites in Precious and Push; Harlem and Cinematic Spatialization; Sonic Scapes and the Sounds of Harlem; the Political Economy of the Processes of Film Production, Marketing and Distribution; Political Economy as it relates thematically to Precious and Push; Online Interpretive Communities—Sites of Print- and Video-Clip-based Discussions of Precious and/or Push; the Visual Politics and Aesthetics of the Film’s Posters.
Essays, book and film reviews, interviews, and commentaries will be considered. Essays should be 6,000-10,000 words, interviews 6,000 words, commentaries 1,000-2,000 words, and film reviews of Precious and book reviews of Push should be 500-1,500 words.
Please submit completed essays, a 100-word abstract, a fifty-word biography, and a CV by October 25, 2011. Submissions should conform to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. Please see journal guidelines for more on submission policy:
Direct all questions, correspondence, and submissions to guest editors Suzette Spencer (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Carlos Miranda (Yale University) at PRECIOUSJOURNALISSUE@GMAIL.COM