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Darktown Strutters A Novel by Wesley Brown (Rutgers University, USA), W.T. Lhamon Jr (Professor of English, Florida State University, USA)

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Darktown Strutters cuts to the cruel center of American racialism. Wesley Brown's traveling minstrel show is where the symbolism of skin color establishes public meaning and private identity the way a funhouse mirror measures height and weight. Like Melville's The Confidence Man, this is a scary book, and mordantly funny, too. We all look ridiculous in it and, sad to say, instantly recognizable.--Russell Banks Anybody who thinks an historical novel about blackface minstrel days is 'merely' historical hasn't been paying attention to Jim Carrey's The Mask, TV's In Living Color, rapper Biz Markie, or much of the rest of U.S. popular culture today.... The legacy of blackface shines all around us, and we've still barely begun to tackle its wiles. This is why Wesley Brown's novel Darktown Strutters, an often profound meditation on performance, masking, identity, and equality in the American skin game, is so welcome and refreshing. Written in the surreal spirit of minstrelsy itself, peppered with wit and lancing dialogue, Darktown Strutters is a novel of ideas devoted to exploring the complex fate of black and white Americans caught, as ever, in a racial history they can neither surmount nor escape.--Eric Lott African American Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781558492707
Publication date: 30th September 2000
Author: Wesley Brown (Rutgers University, USA), W.T. Lhamon Jr (Professor of English, Florida State University, USA)
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Literary essays, Historical fiction, Ethnic studies, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Social & cultural history,

About Wesley Brown (Rutgers University, USA), W.T. Lhamon Jr (Professor of English, Florida State University, USA)

Wesley Brown is author of the novel Tragic Magic, two plays, and coeditor of two multicultural anthologies. He teaches literature and creative writing at Rutgers University. W. T. Lhamon Jr. is professor of English at Florida State University and author of Raising Cain: Blackface Performance from Jim Crow to Hip Hop.

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