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Black Mirror

The Cultural Contradictions of American Racism

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$29.95 • £21.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674967717

Publication Date: 09/25/2017

Academic Trade

288 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

9 halftones

Belknap Press


[Lott] has important things to say about how race functions in contemporary U.S. culture.—D. C. Mauss, Choice

This is a rich book. Eric Lott made worlds I thought I knew look unexplored: more interesting, more cryptic, more threatening, more alive.—Greil Marcus

Eric Lott reveals the syncopated rhythms of racial fantasy that serve as the enduring backbeat of American culture. He posits that a ‘black mirror’ works overtime in American culture to produce a fantasy of white masculinity and plenitude. This book is insightful, timely, and stunningly written.—Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University

The ‘Black Mirror’ does not exactly reproduce blackness; it activates fantasies of blackness that are crucial to the reproduction of white national selfhood. Lott begins with a timely, uncannily lucid account of Barack Obama’s usage of cross-racial mirrorings throughout his presidency. This book is poised to intervene in the most difficult and significant of contemporary and political questions. A monumental achievement.—Donald Pease, Dartmouth College