Racechanges : White Skin, Black Face in American Culture

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This text examines racial impersonations - ie, blackface - in modern American film, fiction, poetry, painting, photography and journalism. Gubar shows how the white popular imagination has evolved through a series of oppositional identities that are dependent on the idea of black others. Gubar draws from an extensive range of illustrative work, with examples from high and low culture, from turn-of-the century to present day. This book is intended for scholars and students in popular culture, African-American studies and 20th-century American studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 96 halftones, bibliography
  • 0195110021
  • 9780195110029

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Both relevant and timely ... offers a welcome insight into the complex and controversial world of minstrelsy, or cross-racial impersonation ... fascinating source materials ... a fascinating study of racialised representations and imitation. Nations and Nationalism Gubar presents an intensely thought provoking investigation of the cultural space inhabited by artists, writers and entertainers whose work, intentionally or not, challenges the notion of a fixed opposition between black and white. American Studies
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About Susan Kamholtz Gubar

About the Author: Susan Gubar is Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University. She has co-authored and co-edited a range of books with Sandra Gilbert, from The Madwoman in the Attic (a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award) to The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.
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