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Playing the race card : melodramas of Black and white from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson, Linda Williams

Label
Playing the race card : melodramas of Black and white from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson
Title
Playing the race card
Title remainder
melodramas of Black and white from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson
Statement of responsibility
Linda Williams
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 arounsed 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Williams, Linda
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.625
LC item number
.W523 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African Americans in popular culture
  • Racism in popular culture
  • Melodrama, American
  • Mass media and race relations
  • African Americans in mass media
  • African American men
  • Women, White
  • United States
  • Popular culture
Label
Playing the race card : melodramas of Black and white from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson, Linda Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [369]-384) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • p. 45.
  • Chapter 3.
  • Anti-Tom and The Birth of a Nation
  • p. 96.
  • Chapter 4.
  • Posing as Black, Passing as White: The Melos of Black and White Melodrama in the Jazz Age
  • p. 136.
  • Chapter 5.
  • Rewriting the Plantation Legend: Scarlett "Totes a Weary Load"
  • p. 187.
  • Introduction: Playing the Race Card
  • Chapter 6.
  • Home Sweet Africa: Alex Haley's and TV's Roots
  • p. 220.
  • Chapter 7.
  • Trials of Black and White: California v. Powell and The People v. Orenthal James Simpson
  • p. 252.
  • Conclusion: Our Melodramatic Racial Fix
  • p. 296
  • p. 3.
  • Chapter 1.
  • The
  • American Melodramatic Mode
  • p. 10.
  • Chapter 2.
  • "A Wonderful, 'Leaping' Fish": Varieties of Uncle Tom
Control code
44586476
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 401 pages
Isbn
9780691058009
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00058467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Playing the race card : melodramas of Black and white from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson, Linda Williams
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [369]-384) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • p. 45.
  • Chapter 3.
  • Anti-Tom and The Birth of a Nation
  • p. 96.
  • Chapter 4.
  • Posing as Black, Passing as White: The Melos of Black and White Melodrama in the Jazz Age
  • p. 136.
  • Chapter 5.
  • Rewriting the Plantation Legend: Scarlett "Totes a Weary Load"
  • p. 187.
  • Introduction: Playing the Race Card
  • Chapter 6.
  • Home Sweet Africa: Alex Haley's and TV's Roots
  • p. 220.
  • Chapter 7.
  • Trials of Black and White: California v. Powell and The People v. Orenthal James Simpson
  • p. 252.
  • Conclusion: Our Melodramatic Racial Fix
  • p. 296
  • p. 3.
  • Chapter 1.
  • The
  • American Melodramatic Mode
  • p. 10.
  • Chapter 2.
  • "A Wonderful, 'Leaping' Fish": Varieties of Uncle Tom
Control code
44586476
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 401 pages
Isbn
9780691058009
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00058467
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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