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Title Uncle Tom : from martyr to traitor / Adena Spingarn.
Author Spingarn, Adena, 1981- author.
Publication Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018]
Copyright date ©2018
Description xii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 813 S
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [211]-248) and index.
Contents Introduction -- A manly hero -- Uncle Tom on the American stage -- Uncle Tom and Jim Crow -- Writing the old Negro -- Uncle Toms and new Negroes -- Writing off Uncle Tom -- Conclusion : twentieth-century Uncle Toms.
Summary This book charts the cultural transformation of perhaps the most controversial literary character in American history. From his origins as the heroic, Christ-like protagonist of Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom has become an epithet for a black person deemed so subservient to whites that he betrays his race. Readers have long noted that Stowe's character is not the traitorous sycophant that his name connotes today. The author traces his evolution in the American imagination. We learn of the radical political potential of the novel's many theatrical spinoffs even in the Jim Crow era, Uncle Tom's breezy disavowal by prominent voices of the Harlem Renaissance, and a developing critique of "Uncle Tom roles" in Hollywood. Within the stubborn American binary of black and white, citizens have used this rhetorical figure to debate the boundaries of racial difference and the legacy of slavery. Through Uncle Tom, black Americans have disputed various strategies for racial progress and defined the most desirable and harmful images of black personhood in literature and popular culture.
Subject Uncle Tom (Fictitious character)
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. Uncle Tom's cabin.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896 -- Adaptations -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature -- History.
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in literature -- History.
American literature -- Social aspects -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
Racism -- United States -- History.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. (OCoLC)fst00041230
Uncle Tom (Fictitious character) (OCoLC)fst01160853
Uncle Tom's cabin (Stowe, Harriet Beecher) (OCoLC)fst01356094
African Americans in literature. (OCoLC)fst00799727
American literature -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00807250
Literature -- Adaptations. (OCoLC)fst00999955
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
Stereotypes (Social psychology) in literature. (OCoLC)fst01431525
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780804799157 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0804799156 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
Standard # 40028233134

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