Mammies No More

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This groundbreaking book explores the history of representations of African-American women in American film and theater. Using a semiotic and critical race theory framework, Anderson examines three stereotypes of African-American women: the Mammy, the Tragic Mulatta, and the Jezebel. Arguing that, because of the way that visual signs operate in a visual media culture, these stereotypes function as icons or fixed presentations of "real" individuals, Anderson considers their political and social implications and ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking book explores the history of representations of African-American women in American film and theater. Using a semiotic and critical race theory framework, Anderson examines three stereotypes of African-American women: the Mammy, the Tragic Mulatta, and the Jezebel. Arguing that, because of the way that visual signs operate in a visual media culture, these stereotypes function as icons or fixed presentations of "real" individuals, Anderson considers their political and social implications and compares the stereotypes to more positive representations in works written and directed by African-American women.

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Readers have been waiting for years for a book to carry them beyond the prolegomena stage of research on black women in the proforming arts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847684199
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa M. Anderson is Assistant Professor of Theater and African-American Studies at Purdue University. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Reflections of Our Lives Part 2 Mama on the Couch? Chapter 3 Yes Ma'am Miss Scarlett Chapter 4 Alternative Nurture Chapter 5 Margins and Myths Part 6 Mulattas, Tragedy, and Mtyh Chapter 7 Mulattas Chapter 8 Miscegenation Blues, or the Other Side of the Tragic Mulatta Chapter 9 What's Tragic about the Tragic Mulatta? Contemporary Mulattas and the Tragic Myth Part 10 The Myth of the Whore Chapter 11 Sex, Sexuality, and Black Women Chapter 12 Not for Us, Thank You Chapter 13 New Concepts of Sexuality Chapter 14 Sexual and Racial Domination Part 15 Representation and Resistance in an Antiblack World Chapter 16 Contemporary Trends, Contemporary Theatre

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