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Charles BurnettA Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge$
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James Naremore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285521

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285521.001.0001

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A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge

A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge

(p.1) One A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge
Charles Burnett

James Naremore

University of California Press

This chapter discusses Burnett as a major African American director whose entire career has been devoted to the proposition that black lives matter, and it argues that his work deserves to be more widely known. It describes the aims and methods of the book and explains the term symbolic knowledge, which is Burnett’s way of describing a moral and social education gained from storytelling.

Keywords:   Black Lives Matter, independent film, historical knowledge, moral knowledge, film criticism, children, country versus city

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