Complicating the histories of black-to-white passing and blackface minstrelsy, Gaines uses an interdisciplinary approach rooted in literary studies, race theory, and cultural studies to reveal these sometimes maddening, and often absurd, experiments of racial impersonation. By examining this history of modern racial impersonation, Gaines shows that there was, and still is, a faulty cultural logic that places enormous faith in the idea that empathy is all that white Americans need to make a significant difference in how to racially navigate our society.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
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In this substantial and impressive examination of race and performance, Alisha Gaines constructs a genealogy of cross-racial empathy that raises the stakes for how we represent and receive black bodies in the twenty-first century.Marvin McAllister, author of Whiting Up
Fresh and incisive, Black for a Day delivers a smart examination of what's at stake when people attempt to cross racial lines temporarily. Alisha Gaines's nuanced examination on the many complicated layers that inform the 'black experience' makes this book a timely and important read.Jonathan Holloway, author of Jim Crow Wisdom