"Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black icon in the Obama Age" is a critical anthology that re-contextualizes the work of one of America’s most impactful and celebrated actors, Sidney Poitier. Poitier remains one of the most recognizable black men in the world. Widely celebrated but at times criticized for the roles he played during a career that spanned 50 years, there can be no comprehensive discussion of Black men in American film, and no serious analysis of 20th century American film history that excludes him. "Poitier Revisited" offers a fresh interrogation of the social, cultural and political significance of the Poitier oeuvre. The chapters explore the broad spectrum of critical issues summoned up by Poitier's iconic work as actor, director and filmmaker. Despite his stature, Poitier has actually been under-examined in film criticism generally. This work reconsiders his pivotal role in film and American race relations. It maintains that even in this supposedly “post-racial” moment of Barack Obama, the struggles, aspirations, anxieties, and tensions Poitier’s films explored are every bit as relevant today as when they were first made.
We seek submission for a chapter on any or all of Poitier's films in and about Africa: Cry, the Beloved Country (1951), Mark of the Hawk (1957), Something of Value (1957), The Wilby Conspiracy (1975) and Mandela and de Klerk (1997). Submissions should be 20 to 25 pages in length, using the Chicago Manual of Style.
Dr. Ian Strachan
Associate Professor of English
The College of The Bahamas
Dr. Mia Mask
Associate Professor of Film
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