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Living with Lynching African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930

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ISBN-10: 0252078802

ISBN-13: 9780252078804

Edition: 2012

Authors: Koritha Mitchell

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 Living with Lynchingdemonstrates that popular lynching plays were mechanisms through which African American communities survived actual and photographic mob violence. Koritha Mitchell shows that these community performances and readings presented victims as honorable heads of households being torn from model domestic units by white violence, counter to the dominant discourses that depicted lynching victims as isolated brutes. Examining lynching plays as archival texts that embody broad networks of sociocultural exchange in the lives of black Americans, Mitchell finds that audiences were rehearsing and improvising new ways of enduring in the face of widespread racial terrorism. Images of…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 7/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Koritha Mitchell is an assistant professor of English at The Ohio State University.

Introduction: Whose Evidence? Which Account?
Making Lynching Drama and Its Contributions Legible
Scenes and Scenarios: Reading Aright
Redefining "Black Theater"
Developing a Genre, Asserting Black Citizenship
The Black Soldier: Elevating Community Conversation
The Black Lawyer: Preserving Testimony
The Black Mother/Wife: Negotiating Trauma
The Pimp and Coward: Offering Gendered Revisions
Conclusion: Documenting Black Performance: Key Considerations
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