A New Kind of Black Soldier: Performing Revolution in The Spook Who Sat by the Door

  title={A New Kind of Black Soldier: Performing Revolution in The Spook Who Sat by the Door},
  author={Elizabeth Reich},
  journal={African American Review},
  pages={325 - 339}
  • E. Reich
  • Published 22 September 2012
  • Art
  • African American Review
In The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973), Army veteran and CIA agent Dan Freeman transforms himself from a self-proclaimed Uncle Tom into a black-nationalist revolutionary. His stated aim is to deliver black America into freedom as a new people while forcing the U. S. to stop the war in Vietnam, and his weapon of choice is racial performance. As Freeman trains his army in how to reuse old modalities and iconographies of blackness, Spook also insists that its spectators learn to look at race… 



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