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Baker, Houston A., Jr. "Spike Lee and the Commerce of Culture." Black American Cinema, edited by Manthia Diawara, New York: Routledge, 1993, 154-76.

Discusses the cinematic critique Lee has developed throughout his career, and laments the absence of a Black feminist critique in the director's work.

Burgess, Dana L. "Vergilian Modes in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing." Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly 11, No. 4 (Summer 1991): 313-16.

Asserts that Lee employs Vergilian modes in his Do the Right Thing and discusses the ambiguity of the film's ending.

Christensen, Jerome. "Spike Lee's Corporatist Art." The Delegated Intellect: Emersonian Essays on Literature, Science, and Art in Honor of Don Gifford, edited by Donald E. Morse, New York: Peter Lang, 1995, 89-106.

Asserts that Lee is a corporate populist who takes no responsibility for the effect his products have.

Horvath, Brooke and Melissa Prunty Kemp. "All Things to All People: Opposing Agendas and Ambiguous Purpose in the Films of Spike Lee." The Hollins Critic XXXI, No. 4 (October 1994): 1-17.

Analyzes the progression in the political and artistic agenda of Lee's films throughout his career.

Jones, Jacquie. "Spike Lee Presents Malcolm X: The New Black Nationalism." Cineaste 19, No. 4 (1993): 9-11.

Favorably reviews Lee's Malcolm X, but complains that the film contains some of Lee's typical problems.

Lee, Spike. "Class Act." American Film XIII, No. 4 (January/February 1988): 57, 59.

Discusses the making of his film School Daze and the difficult reception he expects the film to have from critics.

Lester, Julius. "Black Supremacy and Anti-Semitism: Religion in Malcolm X." Cineaste 19, No. 4 (1993): 16-7.

Asserts that Lee's Malcolm X is anti-Semitic and an irresponsible distortion of history.

Locke, John. "Adapting the Autobiography: The Transformation of Malcolm X." Cineaste 19, No. 4 (1993): 5-7.

Discusses how Lee transformed the history of Malcolm X's life to conform to the commercial needs of directing a film.

Lubiano, Wahneema. "But Compared to What?: Reading Realism, Representation, and Essentialism in School Daze, Do the Right Thing, and the Spike Lee Discourse." Black American Literature Forum 25, No. 2 (Summer 1991): 253-82.

Attempts to contextualize the discourse of Lee's films in the current cultural and political climate.

New, Elisa. "Film and the Flattening of Jewish-American Fiction: Bernard Malamud, Woody Allen, and Spike Lee in the City." Contemporary Literature 34, No. 3 (Fall 1993): 425-50.

Analyzes the work of Bernard Malamud, Woody Allen, and Spike Lee, and the place of the city in their work.

Scott, Matthew S. "Are You Ready to Invest in the Film Industry?" Black Enterprise 27, No. 5 (December 1996): 66-73.

Discusses the private funding of Lee's Get on the Bus.

Sklar, Robert. "What Is the Right Thing?" Cineaste 17, No. 4 (1990): 32-9.

Discusses the problem of critically assessing Lee's Do the Right Thing.

Thompson, Andrew O. "Magic Bus." American Cinematographer 77, No. 11 (November 1996): 56-60, 62, 64-6.

Discusses the cinematography of Lee's Get on the Bus.

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