The white negress: Literature, minstrelry and the Black-Jewish imaginary (Hardback)Lori Harrison-Kahan (author)
- We can order this
Lori Harrison-Kahan examines writings by Edna Ferber, Fannie Hurst, and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as the blackface performances of vaudevillian Sophie Tucker and controversies over the musical and film adaptations of Show Boat and Imitation of Life. Moving between literature and popular culture, she illuminates how the dynamics of interethnic exchange have at once produced and undermined the binary of black and white.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 496 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
"By sustaining attention to women and fidelity to the complex and even contradictory texts, The White Negress constitutes both a convincing critique of scholarship on minstrelsy and a fascinating literary study in its own right."
--American Jewish Archives Journal
"an important contribution to figurations of race in the twentieth century."
--Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
"This is a fine book, filled with expertly hewn close readings of a small but important group of female actors and authors, women who made significant contributions to how African Americans and Jews of European descent imagined one another."
--Journal of American History
"The White Negress acts as a significant challenge to existing scholarship concerning whiteness, cross-racial performances, and black-
Jewish encounters. Although, by her own admission, Harrison-Kahan's book is not 'a comprehensive survey of black-Jewish relations among women' or Jewish women and blackface performance, her study is perhaps most noteworthy for its assertion that future work in these fields must take women, gender, and sexuality seriously."--American Studies Journal
"The White Negress offers innovative approaches for understanding the shifting logics of citizenship and racial formation across the twentieth century through the work of culture."--American Literature