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Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Race and American Culture)

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For over two centuries, America has celebrated the very black culture it attempts to control and repress, and nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in the strange practice of blackface performance. Born of extreme racial and class conflicts, the blackface minstrel show sometimes usefully intensified them. Based on the appropriation of black dialect, music, and danc ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 6th 1995 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 28th 1993)
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Jeremy
Sep 30, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every body
The introduction should be required reading for everybody. All the fools who think racism is in the past, but also everybody else: Black nationalists, white negrophiles, people who think they are not at all racist, people who hate gangsta rap, people who love gangsta rap, gangsta rappers, europeans who love jazz, europeans who think race problems only exist in America, fans of country music, fans of bluegrass music, fans of the blues, musical theatre, and jazz...

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Mar 18, 2008 Dan Kugler rated it it was amazing
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"My title is actually a riff on one of Leslie Fiedler's; he wrote a famous book of literary criticism called Love and Death in the American Novel, and, among other things, it suggests that classic U.S. fiction is continually possessed by the idea of two men, one white and one dark, alone together in the wilderness or on the open sea, like Huck and Jim, Natty Bumppo and Chingachgook, Ishmael and Queequeg—on up to Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies, ...more
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Sep 30, 2007 herschel Stratego rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people interested in music and/or history.
i'm against a lot of praise for a group of musical icons who make a collective genre...cause it's all bull shit, maybe. just be yourself and stop trying to put forth a genre...just play what you feel you should, you know? you're not as important as your music and your music is not as important as you.
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Mar 10, 2013 Betsy Phillips rated it really liked it
If you're intensely interested in the subject, you've probably already read the book. If you're not, just get it from your library and read the chapter called "Love & Theft" and you'll be well-served.
Kathleen
Dec 06, 2007 Kathleen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: theory geeks
Some good insights into the white working-class of Jacksonian New York and their relationship with race via minstrelsy, but definitely a theoretically heavy cultural studies book instead of a historical monograph.
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Apr 26, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
A classic of the field- essentially for critical race theory. A bit dense. Read with bottle of aspirin close by....but worth it.
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