Oscar Micheaux Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Creighton, Alan. Review of The Case of Mrs. Wingate, by Oscar Micheaux. Canadian Forum 25 (June 1945): 75.

Recounts the plot of Micheaux's 1945 novel The Case of Mrs. Wingate and comments on its theme: "the position of the Negro in America."

Cripps, Thomas. "Black Underground" and "Meanwhile Far Away from the Movie Colony." In Slow Fade to Black: The Negro in American Film, 1900-1942, pp. 170-202, 309-48. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Summarizes Micheaux's life and studies his films. Cripps characterizes Micheaux as "the exemplar both of persistence and of failure in the face of unyielding barriers."

Diawara, Manthia, ed. Black American Cinema. New York: Routledge, 1993, 324 p.

Includes three essays on Micheaux: "'Twoness' in the Style of Oscar Micheaux" by J. Ronald Green; "Fire and Desire: Race, Melodrama, and Oscar Micheaux" by Jane Gaines; and "Oscar Micheaux: The Story Continues" by Thomas Cripps.

"Black America's Rich Film History: From Oscar Micheaux to Spike Lee." Ebony XLVIII, No. 4 (February 1993): 154-60.

Mentions Micheaux's "breakthrough movie, The Homesteader" as the first black-directed film.

Gehr, Richard. "One-Man Show." American Film (May 1991): 34-39.

Surveys Micheaux's films and career, and offers an estimation of critical reaction to his work.

Green, J. Ronald, and Neal, Horace, Jr. "Oscar Micheaux and Racial Slur: A Response to 'The Rediscovery of Oscar Micheaux.'" Journal of Film and Video 40, No. 4 (Fall 1988): 66-71.

Examines the presence of "racial stereotypes and ridicule" in Micheaux's films.

Hoberman, J. "Bad Movies." Film Comment (July/August 1980): 7-12.

Cites Micheaux's motion pictures for numerous faults.

—"White Boys: Lucas, Spielberg, and the Temple of Dumb." The Village Voice XXIX, No. 17 (5 June 1984): 1, 63-64.

Includes a brief account of Micheaux's 1936 feature Swing.

Sampson, Henry T. "The Micheaux Film Corporation; Oscar Micheaux." In Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films, pp. 42-55. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, 1977.

History of Micheaux's film company and its major productions.

Young, Joseph A. Black Novelist as White Racist: The Myth of Black Inferiority in the Novels of Oscar Micheaux. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989, 181 p.

Studies Micheaux's ideological framework, including his "tragic vision," belief in the "ideal of assimilation," and "negrophobia."

The following source published by Gale Research contains further information on Micheaux's life and works: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 50.