The Problem of the Color(blind)

The Problem of the Color(blind) : Racial Transgression and the Politics of Black Performance

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The Problem of the Color[blind] focuses on black performance in theater, film, and television to examine and theorize questions of multiculturalism versus colorblindness in American culture. The book explores aspects of nontraditional casting, a practice that assumes the possibility and desirability of a performing body that is somehow race neutral. Nontraditional casting occurs often enough that audiences can recognize it as a product of integration within American culture, but it's practiced far less than it could be and remains largely untheorized. Brandi Catanese explores questions that colorblind casting provokes, including what cultural and aesthetic processes are at play and where race neutrality is located (e.g., in the eyes of the spectator, in the body of the performer, in the medium of the performance?). Concluding that ideologies of transcendence are ahistorical and therefore unenforceable, Catanese advances the concept of racial transgression as her chapters move between readings of dramatic texts, films, and popular culture, and debates in critical race theory and the culture wars.|The Problem of the Color[blind] focuses on black performance in theater, film, and television to examine and theorize questions of multiculturalism versus colorblindness in American culture. The book explores aspects of nontraditional casting, a practice that assumes the possibility and desirability of a performing body that is somehow race neutral. Nontraditional casting occurs often enough that audiences can recognize it as a product of integration within American culture, but it's practiced far less than it could be and remains largely untheorized. Brandi Catanese explores questions that colorblind casting provokes, including what cultural and aesthetic processes are at play and where race neutrality is located (e.g., in the eyes of the spectator, in the body of the performer, in the medium of the performance?). Concluding that ideologies of transcendence are ahistorical and therefore unenforceable, Catanese advances the concept of racial transgression as her chapters move between readings of dramatic texts, films, and popular culture, and debates in critical race theory and the culture wars.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 476.27g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • 0472071262
  • 9780472071265

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"The majesty of Catanese's book anchors itself in her shift away from the history and mechanics of nontraditional casting and in her critical engagement with the concept of colorblindness."
--Harvey Young, Theatre History Studies
-- (12/22/2015) "Green does more than merely enable the reader to understand the development and conventions of a popular literary genre. Rather, he employs that genre as a lens through which to view the larger processes by which authors, printers, and political elites came to understand print's potential to reify or undermine..."
--Sixteenth Century Journal-- (06/18/2013) "The Problem of the Color[blind] is a timely, well-written book that will appeal to students and scholars of African American theatre and performance studies, as well as those who are interested in critical race theory."
--Theatre Journal--La Donna L. Forsgren "Theatre Journal " "Beautifully written and cogently argued, Racial Transgressions addresses one of the most persistent socio-political questions in contemporary culture: 'are we a multicultural nation, or a colorblind one?' A tremendously illuminating study that promises to break new ground in the fields of theater and performance studies, African American Studies, feminist theory, cultural studies, and film and television studies."
--Daphne Brooks, Princeton University

--Daphne Brooks "Daphne Brooks " Runner-up for the Errol Hill Award from the American Society for Theatre Research

--Errol Hill Award, American Society for Theatre Research (11/13/2012)
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About Brandi Wilkins Catanese

Brandi Wilkins Catanese is Associate Professor of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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