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The Iconography of Malcolm X


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Graeme Abernethy is a writer, researcher, and educator based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


An impressive and imaginative contribution to the literature about the changing images of Malcolm X's life and career in the black liberation struggle.--Clarence E. Walker, author of We Can't Go Home Again: An Argument about AfrocentrismAbernethy's use of iconography aesthetics effectively locates Malcolm X in place, space, and time. It is a significant contribution to our understanding of a key figure in African American history.--James L. Conyers, Jr., coeditor of Malcolm X: A Historical Reader
Makes a particularly important contribution to studies of Malcolm, in particular, and studies of civil rights leaders, more generally, because it provides a template for understanding the way in which black intellectual icons managed their images in a hostile climate operating upon denigrating and emasculating images of black masculinity.--Southern Communication JournalAbernethy's fascinating The Iconography of Malcolm X blurs the distinction between cultural history and intellectual history . . . the force of his argument benefits from his steady focus on an archive of visual representations of Malcolm and the diverse (and global) publics that consume them.--American StudiesBy successfully merging history, art criticism, and semiotics, [this book] offers a captivating approach to analyzing the wealth of images depicting one of the most mediagenic figures of the twentieth century, at various stages of his life. . . . Without question, Abernethy's book is an immensely useful addition to the ongoing scholarly conversation on Malcolm X.--Journal of American History

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