The Resource Racechanges : White Skin, Black Face in American Culture

Racechanges : White Skin, Black Face in American Culture

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Racechanges : White Skin, Black Face in American Culture
Title
Racechanges
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White Skin, Black Face in American Culture
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Language
eng
Summary
  • When the actor Ted Danson appeared in blackface at a 1993 Friars Club roast, he ignited a firestorm of protest that landed him on the front pages of the newspapers, rebuked by everyone from talk show host Montel Williams to New York City's then mayor, David Dinkins. Danson's use of blackface was shocking, but was the furious pitch of the response a triumphant indication of how far society has progressed since the days when blackface performers were the toast of vaudeville, or was it also an uncomfortable reminder of how deep the chasm still is separating black and white America? In Racechanges: White Skin, Black Face in American Culture, Susan Gubar, who fundamentally changed the way we think about women's literature as co-author of the acclaimed The Madwoman in the Attic, turns her attention to the incendiary issue of race. Through a far-reaching exploration of the long overlooked legacy of minstrelsy--cross-racial impersonations or "racechanges"--throughout modern American film, fiction, poetry, painting, photography, and journalism, she documents the indebtedness of "mainstream" artists to African-American culture, and explores the deeply conflicted psychology of white guilt. The fascinating "racechanges" Gubar discusses include whites posing as blacks and blacks "passing" for white; blackface on white actors in The Jazz Singer, Birth of a Nation, and other movies, as well as on the faces of black stage entertainers; African-American deployment of racechange imagery during the Harlem Renaissance, including the poetry of Anne Spencer, the black-and-white prints of Richard Bruce Nugent, and the early work of Zora Neale Hurston; white poets and novelists from Vachel Lindsay and Gertrude Stein to John Berryman and William Faulkner writing as if they were black; white artists and writers fascinated by hypersexualized stereotypes of black men; and
  • nightmares and visions of the racechanged baby. Gubar shows that unlike African-Americans, who often are forced to adopt white masks to gain their rights, white people have chosen racial masquerades, which range from mockery and mimicry to an evolving emphasis on inter-racial mutuality and mutability. Drawing on a stunning array of illustrations, including paintings, film stills, computer graphics, and even magazine morphings, Racechanges sheds new light on the persistent pervasiveness of racism and exciting aesthetic possibilities for lessening the distance between blacks and whites
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Gubar, Susan
LC call number
NX652.A37 -- G83 2000eb
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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ProQuest (Firm)
Series statement
Race and American Culture
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  • African Americans in popular culture
  • Arts, American -- 20th century
  • Blackface entertainers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Label
Racechanges : White Skin, Black Face in American Culture
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=430903
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- PREFACE -- 1. ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE -- 2. SPIRIT-MURDER AT THE MOVIES: Blackface Lynchings -- 3. MAKING WHITE, BECOMING BLACK: Myths of Racial Origin in the Harlem Renaissance -- 4. DE MODERN DO MR. BONES (and All That Ventriloquist Jazz) -- 5. PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES OF BLACK ENVY: Queer Colors -- 6. WHAT WILL THE MIXED CHILD DELIVER? Conceiving Color Without Race -- 7. THE EDIBLE COMPLEX: A Postscript -- NOTES -- WORKS CITED -- INDEX -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
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EBC430903
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (356 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195350777
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
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c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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unknown sound
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remote
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC430903
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL430903
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10358411
  • (CaONFJC)MIL83416
  • (OCoLC)742332557
Label
Racechanges : White Skin, Black Face in American Culture
Link
http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/multco/detail.action?docID=430903
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
CONTENTS -- LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS -- PREFACE -- 1. ADVENTURES IN THE SKIN TRADE -- 2. SPIRIT-MURDER AT THE MOVIES: Blackface Lynchings -- 3. MAKING WHITE, BECOMING BLACK: Myths of Racial Origin in the Harlem Renaissance -- 4. DE MODERN DO MR. BONES (and All That Ventriloquist Jazz) -- 5. PSYCHOPATHOLOGIES OF BLACK ENVY: Queer Colors -- 6. WHAT WILL THE MIXED CHILD DELIVER? Conceiving Color Without Race -- 7. THE EDIBLE COMPLEX: A Postscript -- NOTES -- WORKS CITED -- INDEX -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z
Control code
EBC430903
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (356 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195350777
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2017. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC430903
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL430903
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10358411
  • (CaONFJC)MIL83416
  • (OCoLC)742332557

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