Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present

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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Robin R. Means Coleman is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and in the Center for AfroAmerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her previous books include African Americans and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor and the edited collection Say It Loud! African Americans, Media and Identity, both published by Routledge, and most recently the co-edited volume Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader.


"Slavery's brutality. The Violence that birthed a nation. Our own modern-day "birther' movement. Without question, Blacks, blackness and black identity is inextricably linked with horror. Means-Coleman plunders a natural, yet untapped source: the horror film. The result is a treasure trove of insight into how racial performance, racialized narratives, as well as challenges to prevailing racial discourse permeate American life. Means-Coleman builds her case for the historical and contemporary significance of horror films not only by astutely choosing the most exemplary among them, but by presenting her analysis in a vivid and powerful historical trajectory where 20th century media and 21st century technology set the stage for new debates about the future of race and Blackness in the global public sphere."-- Charlton McIlwain, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU

"This book is gold. I thought I was a horror head, but she goes so deep into it, just speaking my language. Everything she says I'm just like, 'Yes... that's exactly what I always thought.' It's so nice to find a scholarly book that addresses what your friends have been talking about for years and just breaks it down." -Tananarive Due, University of California, Los Angeles, in "How Get Out Inspired a New College Course on Racism and Horror"