Playing the Race Card by Linda Williams
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Playing the Race Card
By Linda Williams

Playing the Race Card

Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O.J.Simpson

By (author) See other recent books by Linda Williams
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $64.00
Your Price: $57.60 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $6.40! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $2.88 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Playing the Race Card by Linda Williams

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Theatre Library Association Award 2002.

Book Description

The black man suffering at the hands of whites, the white woman sexually threatened by the black man. Both images have long been burned into the American conscience through popular entertainment, and today they exert a powerful and disturbing influence on Americans' understanding of race. So argues Linda Williams in this boldly inquisitive book, where she probes the bitterly divisive racial sentiments aroused by such recent events as O. J. Simpson's criminal trial. Williams, the author of Hard Core, explores how these images took root, beginning with melodramatic theater, where suffering characters acquire virtue through victimization. The racial sympathies and hostilities that surfaced during the trial of the police in the beating of Rodney King and in the O. J. Simpson murder trial are grounded in the melodramatic forms of Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Birth of a Nation. Williams finds that Stowe's beaten black man and Griffith's endangered white woman appear repeatedly throughout popular entertainment, promoting interracial understanding at one moment, interracial hate at another. The black and white racial melodrama has galvanized emotions and fueled the importance of new media forms, such as serious, "integrated" musicals of stage and film, including The Jazz Singer and Show Boat. It also helped create a major event out of the movie Gone With the Wind, while enabling television to assume new moral purpose with the broadcast of Roots. Williams demonstrates how such developments converged to make the televised race trial a form of national entertainment. When prosecutor Christopher Darden accused Simpson's defense team of "playing the race card," which ultimately trumped his own team's gender card, he feared that the jury's sympathy for a targeted black man would be at the expense of the abused white wife. The jury's verdict, Williams concludes, was determined not so much by facts as by the cultural forces of racial melodrama long in the making. Revealing melodrama to be a key element in American culture, Williams argues that the race images it has promoted are deeply ingrained in our minds and that there can be no honest discussion about race until Americans recognize this predicament.

Buy Playing the Race Card book by Linda Williams from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780691102832
ISBN-10: 069110283X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 3-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions...


Books By Author Linda Williams

Simply Knitted with Love by Linda Williams Simply Knitted with Love, Paperback (January 2016)

From wraps and throws to snoods and hats Daniella Taylor and Linda Williams have compiled their favourite 12 patterns from over ten years of Jolie designs.

Nanotechnology Demystified by Linda Williams Nanotechnology Demystified, Paperback (October 2006)

A self-teaching guide for anyone interested in nanotechnology and the many biological, chemical, physical, environmental and political aspects of the developing science.

» View all books by Linda Williams

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Playing the Race Card book by Linda Williams and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Linda Williams

Linda Williams is Professor of Film Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley, where she directs the Film Studies Program. She is the author of "Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible" and "Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film". Her edited volumes include "Viewing Positions: Ways of Seeing Film" and, with Christine Gledhill, "Reinventing Film Studies".

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Linda Williams close
Simply Knitted with Love by Linda Williams
Living in the Spirit of God by Linda Williams
Quantum Organizing by Linda Williams
Nanotechnology Demystified by Linda Williams
Porn Studies by Linda Williams
Reinventing Film Studies by Linda Williams
Hard Core by Linda Williams
Youth in Prison by Linda Williams
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close