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Contribution to Book
'The Last Honest Film Critic in America': Armond White and the Children of James Baldwin
Film Criticism in the Digital Age (2015)
  • Daniel McNeil, Carleton University
Abstract
"McNeil draws on a genealogy of African American thought to demonstrate that, far from being an atavistic curmudgeon, Armond White's agitation against bloggers and amateur pundits represents an important and misunderstood voice in the current critic-audience debate. In a world flooded with unconsidered punditry, White --- and .... other writers influenced by James Baldwin --- remind us that artful critics consider it a public duty to respond to works of art honestly and to question the motives of other artists and critics" (Mattias Frey, Senior Lecturer in Film, University of Kent)
Keywords
  • Armond White,
  • James Baldwin,
  • liberalism,
  • Black Public Sphere,
  • African American cultural criticism,
  • Public Intellectuals,
  • Digital humanities,
  • Shame,
  • Guilt,
  • Roger Ebert,
  • bell hooks,
  • Elvis Mitchell,
  • Cornel West,
  • Alternative weeklies
Publication Date
2015
Editor
Mattias Frey and Cecilia Sayad
Publisher
Rutgers University Press
Citation Information
Daniel McNeil. "'The Last Honest Film Critic in America': Armond White and the Children of James Baldwin" New BrunswickFilm Criticism in the Digital Age (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/danielmcneil/13/