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Burnt cork : traditions and legacies of blackface minstrelsy

Author: Stephen Burge Johnson
Publisher: Amherst ; Boston : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2012.
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Beginning in the 1830s and continuing for more than a century, blackface minstrelsy--stage performances that claimed to represent the culture of black Americans--remained arguably the most popular entertainment in North America. A renewed scholarly interest in this contentious form of entertainment has produced studies treating a range of issues: its contradictory depictions of class, race, and gender; its role in  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Burge Johnson
ISBN: 9781558499348 1558499342 9781558499331 1558499334
OCLC Number: 768167101
Description: xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The persistence of blackface and the minstrel tradition / Stephen Johnson --
Turning around Jim Crow / W.T. Lhamon Jr. --
Of soundscapes and blackface : from fools to Foster / Dale Cockrell --
Death and the minstrel : race, madness, and art in the last (w)rites of three early blackface performers / Stephen Johnson --
The uncanny history of minstrels and machines, 1835/1923 / Louis Chude-Sokei --
Surprised by blackface : D.W. Griffith and one exciting night / Linda Williams --
"Gentlemen, please be seated" : racial masquerade and sadomasochism in 1930s animation / Nicholas Sammond --
From New Deal to no deal : blackface minstrelsy, Bamboozled, and reality television / Alice Maurice --
American ghetto parties and Ghanaian concert parties : a transnational perspective on blackface / Catherine M. Cole.
Responsibility: edited by Stephen Johnson.

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Beginning in the 1830s and continuing for more than a century, blackface minstrelsy--stage performances that claimed to represent the culture of black Americans--remained arguably the most popular entertainment in North America. A renewed scholarly interest in this contentious form of entertainment has produced studies treating a range of issues: its contradictory depictions of class, race, and gender; its role in the development of racial stereotyping; and its legacy in humor, dance, and music, and in live performance, film, and television. The style and substance of minstrelsy persist in popular music, tap and hip-hop dance, the language of the standup comic, and everyday rituals of contemporary culture. The blackface makeup all but disappeared for a time, though its influence never diminished--and recently, even the makeup has been making a comeback. This collection of original essays brings together a group of prominent scholars of blackface performance to reflect on this complex and troublesome tradition. Essays consider the early relationship of the blackface performer with American politics and the antislavery movement; the relationship of minstrels to the commonplace compromises of the touring "show" business and to the mechanization of the industrial revolution; the exploration and exploitation of blackface in the mass media, by D.W. Griffith and Spike Lee, in early sound animation, and in reality television; and the recent reappropriation of the form at home and abroad [Publisher description].

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