The Tautology of Blackface and the Objectification of Racism: A “How-To” Guide
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Sch Theater Film & Televis
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PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
CitationThe Tautology of Blackface and the Objectification of Racism: A “How-To” Guide 2016, 21 (7):664 The European Legacy
JournalThe European Legacy
Rights© 2016 International Society for the Study of European Ideas
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AbstractThis essay examines U.S. blackface performance in the twentieth century through the lens of Adorno's mass culture critiques, specifically of jazz music. Despite being rooted in the divisive logic of antiquated live performance traditions, blackface as a racist glyph flourishes in the technologically mediated social environment of the twentieth century. By replacing Adorno's critique of jazz with a direct investigation of blackface, the essay argues for a more materialist approach to minstrelsy studies that acknowledges both circulation and accumulation as oppressive hegemonic forces.
NotePublished online: 06 Jul 2016; 18 Month Embargo
VersionFinal accepted manuscript