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Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s

ISBN-10: 0374524629

ISBN-13: 9780374524623

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ann Douglas

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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/31/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Introduction: Orphans: Loss and Liberation
Setting the Stage: The Players and the Script
White Manhattan in the Age of "Terrible Honesty"
"The Awful Truth"
"Power's Script"
"It is Drama or it is Nothing"
Life in the Spotlight
Black Manhattan Wearing the Mask
The Minstrel Tradition and "The Coon Age"
A Generation Not Lost but Found
Role-Playing and Disguise
Offstage Influences: Freud, James, and Stein
Outside Insiders
New York Ties
Rival Authorities
Mutual Mind Readers
"You are about to discover yourselves"
"A Kind of Magic"
"Strike through the pasteboard mask"
Modern Mania
War and Murder
The Culture of Momentum
Ending Cultural Lag
A New Imperialism
Literary Independence
A World Off-Track
American Repatriation
The "Dark Legend" of Matricide
Maternal Rebuke and Filial Revolt
Dismembering the Mother
The Mother's Return
Founding Fathers and Titanesses
Gender Collaboration
"Black Man and White Ladyship"
Woman Suffrage and the Black Vote
The Family Romance Rewritten
"Taking up residence in the Black Belt"
White Godparents, Black Authors
The Benefits of Matricide
Siblings and Mongrels
Taking Harlem
The Negro and the Immigrant: Finding a Homeland
Political Options
The Silent Protest Parade
The Negro Digs Up His Black-and-White Past
The Sleeping Giant Is the Harlem Negro
Ragging and Slanging: Black-and-White Art
Performing for the World: American Parody
Black Art in Whiteface
Black Originals
Getting the Joke
Singing the Blues
The Development of an American Folk Art
Black "Terrible Honesty": Reading the Bible
Upward and Downward Mobility in the Blues
Media Culture and Folk Culture: Instant Appropriation
Performance and Instant Assimilation
Skyscrapers, Airplanes, and Airmindedness: "The Necessary Angel"
Manhattan Rising
American Masquerade
The Rising Generation
Epilogue Descent: "I Shall Be More Blessed than Damned"
Bibliographical Essay and Selected Discography
Index