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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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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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