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Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they compromised (or didn't compromise). Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of the 20th century, taking an informed theoretical, historical, and critical approach.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1 Madame Sul-Te-Wan: The Struggle for Visibility
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. 2 Nina Mae McKinney: Early Success and Tumultuous Career
  2. pp. 40-71
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  1. 3 Louise Beavers: Negotiating Racial Difference
  2. pp. 72-106
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  1. 4 Fredi Washington: The Masquerades and the Masks
  2. pp. 107-130
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  1. 5 Hattie McDaniel: Centering the Margin
  2. pp. 131-173
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  1. 6 Lena Horne: Actress and Activist
  2. pp. 174-214
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  1. 7 Hazel Scott: Resistance to Othering
  2. pp. 215-243
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  1. 8 Ethel Waters: Personification of Otherness
  2. pp. 244-281
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  1. 9 Dorothy Dandridge: Intertwining the Reel and the Real
  2. pp. 282-325
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 326-331
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 333-379
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 381-390
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 391-405
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253004314
Print ISBN
9780253354754
MARC Record
OCLC
646068248
Pages
440
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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