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African American lives

Format: DVD 2006
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Benjamin Schreier is suspicious of a simple equation of cynicism with quietism, nihilism, selfishness, or false consciousness, and he rejects the notion that modern cynicism represents something categorically different from the classical outlook of Diogenes. He proposes, instead, that cynicism names the difficult position of not being able to recognize the relevance of democratic social norms in the future and yet being nonetheless invested in the power of these norms to determine cultural identity and to regulate social practices. In his readings of Henry Adams's Education, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and Nathanael West's Miss Lonelyhearts, the author affirms that cynicism is an important and underappreciated current in mainstream modern American literature. He finds that, far from the simple selfishness or apathy for which it is so often dismissed, the cynicism in these texts is suffused by a desire for the certainty promised by norms such as national teleology, ethnic identity, and civic participation. But without faith in the relevance of these regulating terms, cynics lack ready accounts of America and of their place in it. Schreier's focus is not only on the cynical characters in the texts but also on the textual and epistemological strategies used to render normative narratives recognizably legitimate in the first place. In his refusal to historicize cynicism away with generalized claims about American society, Schreier argues instead that cynicism stages an unanswerable challenge to the specific expectations through which normative accounts of history become visible.

The Power of Negative Thinking makes a vital and wide-ranging contribution to our understanding of American literature, intellectual and cultural history, philosophy, ethics, and politics. Schreier's close reading and his vigorous theoretical examination of analytical first principles combine to make a book that is valuable not only to the study of methodology but also to the scrutiny of the very assumptions the humanities bring to the exploration of the way we think.

Listening to our past / producer and director, Jesse Sweet
The promise of freedom / producer/director, Leslie Asako Gladsjo ; senior producer, Dyllan McGee
Searching for our names / producer/director, Leslie D. Farrell
Beyond the middle passage / producer/director, Graham Judd ; senior producer, Dyllan McGee.

Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Genealogy.
African Americans -- History.
African American families -- History.
African Americans -- Biography.
DNA fingerprinting.
Documentary television programs.
Biographical television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher [Alexandria, Va.?] : Hollywood, Calif. :PBS Home Video ;2006
Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment,
Edition Widescreen.
Other Titles Exploring our roots.
Contributors Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
Grant, William (William R.)
Kunhardt, Peter W.
Judd, Graham.
Farrell, Leslie D.
Sweet, Jesse.
Gladsjo, Leslie Asako.
McGee, Dyllan.
Jones, Quincy, 1933-
Jemison, Mae, 1956-
Tucker, Chris, 1972-
Jakes, T. D.
Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara, 1944-
Goldberg, Whoopi, 1955-
Carson, Ben.
Winfrey, Oprah.
Kunhardt Productions.
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
PBS Home Video.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Participants/Performers Host: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; features: Quincy Jones, Mae Jemison, Chris Tucker, T.D. Jakes, Sara-Lawrence-Lightfoot, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Carson and Oprah Winfrey.
Other Contributors Directors of photography, Henry Adebonojo ... [et al.] ; editors, Eric Davies ... [et al.] ; Music, Michael Bacon.
Language English
Notes Documentary.
Originally broadcast as a four-part television series in 2006.
Some copies issued as part of set: Exploring our roots.
"US not rated"--Disc label.
System Details DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen presentation, enhanced for 16 x 9 television; stereo.
Description 1 videodisc (3 hr., 40 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781415716946
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