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Birth of a Nation'hood: Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case

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Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Birth of a Nation'hood elucidates as never before the grim miasma of the O.J. Simpson case, which has elicited gargantuan fascination.

As they pertain to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through twelve powerful essays that have been written especially for this book by distinguished intellectuals--black and white, male and female. Together these keen analyses of a defining American moment cast a chilling gaze on the script and spectacle of the insidious tensions that rend our society, even as they ponder the proper historical, cultural, political, legal, psychological, and linguistic ramifications of the affair.

With contributions by:

Toni Morrison, George Lipsitz, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., with Aderson Bellegarde Francois and Linda Y. Yueh, Nikol G. Alexander and Drucilla Cornell, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Ishmael Reed, Leola Johnson and David Roediger, Andrew Ross, Patricia J. Williams, Ann duCille, Armond White, Claudia Brodsky Lacour

About the Author

Toni Morrison is the author of ten novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to A Mercy (2008). She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in New York.

With contributions by:

Toni Morrison, George Lipsitz, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., with Aderson Bellegarde Francois and Linda Y. Yueh, Nikol G. Alexander and Drucilla Cornell, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Ishmael Reed, Leola Johnson and David Roediger, Andrew Ross, Patricia J. Williams, Ann duCille, Armond White, Claudia Brodsky Lacour

Table of Contents

The Official Story: Dead Man Golfing

Introduction by Toni Morrison

The Greatest Story Ever Sold: Marketing and the O.J. Simpson Trial

George Lipsitz

The O.J. Simpson Trial: Who Was Improperly "Playing the Race Card"?

A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Aderson Bellegarde Francois, Linda Y. Yueh

Dismissed or Banished? A Testament to the Reasonableness of the Simpson Jury

Nikol G. Alexander and Drucilla Cornell

Color-blind Dreams and Racial Nightmares: Reconfiguring Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Bigger and O.J.

Ishmael Reed

"Hertz, Don't It?"

Becoming Colorless and Staying Black in the Crossover of O.J. Simpson

Leola Johnson and David Roediger

If the Genes Fit, How Do You Aquit?

O.J. and Science

Andrew Ross

American Kabuki

Patricia J. Williams

The Unbearable Darkness of Being: "Fresh" Thoughts on Race, Sex, and the Simpsons

Ann duCille

Eye, the Jury

Armond White

The "Interest" of the Simpson Trial: Spectacle, National History, and the Notion of Disinterested Judgement

Claudia Brodsky Lacour

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679758938
Editor:
Morrison, Toni
Editor:
Lacour, Claudia Brodsky
Editor:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
Morrison, T.
Author:
Edited by Toni Morrison and Claudia Brodsky Lacour
Author:
Lacour, Claudia Brodsky
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Current events
Subject:
Discrimination in criminal justice administra
Subject:
Discrimination in criminal justice administration -- United States.
Subject:
Discrimination in criminal justice administration.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Trials (Murder) -- California -- Los Angeles.
Subject:
Simpson, O. J. - Trials, litigation, etc
Subject:
Law
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1421-B
Publication Date:
19970231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.04x5.21x.93 in. .89 lbs.

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