From Uncle Tom's Cabin To The Help: Critical Perspectives On White-authored Narratives Of Black Life by C. GarciaFrom Uncle Tom's Cabin To The Help: Critical Perspectives On White-authored Narratives Of Black Life by C. Garcia

From Uncle Tom's Cabin To The Help: Critical Perspectives On White-authored Narratives Of Black Life

byC. GarciaEditorV. Young, C. Pimentel

Paperback | December 18, 2015

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This book surveys the cultural, literary, and cinematic impact of white-authored films and imaginative literature on American society from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin to Kathryn Stockett's Th e Hel p .
Alisha Gaines, Florida State University, USA Luminita Dragulescu, Virginia Union University, USA Julia Jordan-Zachery, Providence College, USA Sarah Leah Santíllanes, University of New Mexico, USA Jenise Hudson, Florida State University, USA Karen A. Johnson, University of Utah, USA Ebony Lumumba, University of Mississipp...
Title:From Uncle Tom's Cabin To The Help: Critical Perspectives On White-authored Narratives Of Black LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:255 pagesPublished:December 18, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1349495956

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What's at Stake When White Writes Black?; Claire Oberon Garcia, Vershawn Ashanti Young, Charise Pimentel 1. Bearing Witness?: The Problem with the White Cross-Racial (Mis)Portrayals of History; Luminita Dragulescu 2. 'Must the Novelist Ask Permission?': Authority and Authenticity of the Black Voice in the works of Eudora Welty and Kathryn Stockett's The Help ; Ebony Lumumba 3. 'Blackness as Medium: Envisioning White Southern Womanhood in Eudora Welty's 'A Worn Path' and Delta Wedding and Kathryn Stockett's The Help ; Elizabeth J. West 4. 'Taking care a white babies, that's what I do': The Help and Americans' Obsession with the Mammy; Katrina Thompson 5. 'When folks is real friends, there ain't no such thing as place': Feminist Sisterhood and the Politics of Social Hierarchy in The Help; Shana Russell 6. Black Girlhood and The Help : Constructing Black Girlhood in a 'Post' -Racial, -Gender and Welfare State; Julia S. Jordan-Zachery 7. Second (and Third, and Fourth.) Helpings: Black Women, Size, and Spectacle in The Help ; Mecca Jamilah Sullivan 8. Mae Mallory and 'The Southern Belle Fantasy Trope' at The Cuyahoga County Jail 21st and Payne PAIN.; Paula Marie Seniors 9. 'Bleeping Mark Twain?': Censorship, Huckleberry Finn , and the Functions of Literature; Robert T. Tally, Jr. 10. White Lies & Black Consequences: Margaret Jones and the Complex Dynamics of the Publishing Industry; Josephine Metcalf 11. 'A Secondhand Kind of Terror': Grace Hasell, Kathryn Stockett, and the Ironies of Empathy; Alsiha Gaines 12. 'Saviour' Good Mother, Jezebel, Tom, Trickster: The Blind Side Myth; Pearlie Strother-Adams 13. Blindsided by Racism: A Critical Analysis of The Blind Side; Charise Pimentel and Sarah Santíllanes 14. Django Unchained : An Analysis; Karen A. Johnson 15. Are the Kids All Right? : A look at Post-Racial Presentations in The Kids are All Right; Jenise Hudson Afterword: Manufactured Maids, Mammies and Falsified History: No White Help Wanted or Needed; Maulana Karenga

Editorial Reviews

"A timely examination of 'racial ventriloquism' in the United States." - Southern World Arts News"Using as an incisive point of interrogation numerous essays on the controversial book and film, The Help, Garcia, Pimentel, and Young have assembled a diverse range of essays that interrogate the political, social, class and gender assumptions cogent to 21st-Century representations of black identity. Engaging several exemplary texts by white authors, this book provides valuable perspectives on the virtues and limitations of fictional Otherness." - Alan Nadel, William T. Bryan Professor of American Studies, University of Kentucky, USA and author of Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon"From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help is a penetrating examination of the fictive pervasiveness of white authorial narratives that obfuscate the complexity of Black folks and their humanity. It does so by exposing the way these dominant authorial narratives reify whiteness by making it the symbolic center through which writers misconfigure Blackness and race in the literary and popular imagination. This interdisciplinary volume moves the conversation on race and cultural production forward, while imagining how readers and spectators might develop a critical consciousness about the racialized scripts many of us fall prey to or perpetuate in our everyday lives." - Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Iowa, USA"Historical hindsight allows us to see the critical role that twentieth century image-marketing of 'Aunt Jemimas' and 'Uncle Bens' played in constituting a new, white middle class family and, thereby, nation. What became commonly known as a 'slave in a box,' that seemingly benign box of pancake and/or rice mix signified the labor of black servants and the endurance of white superiority. White families, especially white housewives, could buy these products and with them, the fantasy of being a mistress/master again to a house full of slave labor. The authors in From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life compellingly reveal the ideological apparatus that the twenty-first century offers us with the newest image-marketing of these dominant tropes. Claire Oberon Garcia, Vershawn Ashanti Young, and Charise Pimentel have organized a compelling collection that ushers in necessary foresight into images of black servitude that are, once again, mobilized for racial/sexual hierarchies foundational to a nation re-situating itself in a new century." - Carmen Kynard, Associate Professor of English, John Jay College, CUNY, USA