Abstract

Abstract:

This commentary surveys the skull scene in Django Unchained. Plantation owner Calvin Candie’s appeal to the racist science of phrenology is one example of how a number of scholarly discourses have been used to justify discrimination. I maintain that, while Candie’s monologue evokes the rhetoric of scientific racism, Django’s and Stephen’s respective interactions with Candie, as “Field Negro” and “House Negro,” undermine the enslaver’s notions of white supremacy. Contemporary society must likewise consider and critique the cultural tropes, institutional narratives, and academic or popular texts that attempt to sideline Black ways of knowing and being.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1947-4237
Print ISSN
1536-3155
Pages
pp. 73-78
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-08
Open Access
No
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