Raising Cain by W. T. Lhamon
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Raising Cain
By W. T. Lhamon

Raising Cain

Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop

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Raising Cain by W. T. Lhamon

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This is the story of an insubordinate, rebellious, popular culture stretching from Jim Crow to Hip hop. It is a look at how outcasts of official culture have made their own place in the world. Unearthing long-buried plays and songs, rethinking materials often deemed too troubling or lowly to handle, and overturning ideas about classics from "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to "The Jazz Singer", the author sets out a history of blackface dating back to the 1830s. He sees it as a cultural ritual that, for all its racist elements, was ultimately liberating. The book follows the forms of blackface which shows the modern social shifts produce disperse culture, as they project themselves into the rougher modes of postmodern life through such heirs of blackface as stand-up comedy, rock 'n' roll, talk TV, and Hip hop.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674001930
ISBN-10: 0674001931
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 144mm x 15mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author W. T. Lhamon

Jim Crow, American by W. T. Lhamon Jim Crow, American, Paperback (November 2009)

Jim Crow is the figure that has long represented America's imperfect union. This work of Jim plays and songs presents performances that assembled backtalk, banter, masquerade, and dance into the diagnostic American style.

Jump Jim Crow by W. T. Lhamon Jump Jim Crow, Hardback (August 2003)

Lhamon's reading shows us how these plays built a public blackness and how they engaged a disaffected white audience, who found in Jim Crow's sass and wit and madcap dancing an expression of rebellion and resistance against the oppression and confinement suffered by all ordinary people.

Deliberate Speed by W. T. Lhamon Deliberate Speed, Paperback (May 2002)

In this text, W.T. Lhamon offers an analysis of hesitant movements that sought to challenge what David Riesman once labeled "the other-directed society".

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Author Biography - W. T. Lhamon

W. T. Lhamon, Jr., is Emeritus Professor of English at Florida State University and Lecturer in American Studies at Smith College.

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