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Slippery Characters: Ethnic Impersonators and American Identities (Cultural Studies of the United States)

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Publisher Comments:

In the 1920s, black janitor Sylvester Long reinvented himself as Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, and Elizabeth Stern, the native-born daughter of a German Lutheran and a Welsh Baptist, authored the immigrant's narrative I Am a Woman—and a Jew; in the 1990s, Asa Carter, George Wallace's former speechwriter, produced the fake Cherokee autobiography, The Education of Little Tree. While striking, these examples of what Laura Browder calls ethnic impersonator autobiographies are by no means singular. Over the past 150 years, a number of American authors have left behind unwanted identities by writing themselves into new ethnicities.

Significantly, notes Browder, these ersatz autobiographies have tended to appear at flashpoints in American history: in the decades before the Civil War, when immigration laws and laws regarding Native Americans were changing in the 1920s, and during the civil rights era, for example. Examining the creation and reception of such works from the 1830s through the 1990s—against a background ranging from the abolition movement and Wild West shows to more recent controversies surrounding blackface performance and jazz music—Browder uncovers their surprising influence in shaping American notions of identity.

Synopsis:

[A] thorough and intelligent study of a uniquely American literary tradition.

Spectator Slippery Characters is a splendid book.

James Olney, editor of Southern Review Browder's focus on ethnic impersonations is fresh and revealing.

Miles Orvell, Temple University

Synopsis:

Examining the creation and reception of ethnic impersonator autobiographies from the 1830s through the 1990s, Browder uncovers their surprising influence in shaping American notions of identity.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Slave Narratives and the Problem of Authenticity

Chapter 2. Staged Ethnicities: Laying the Groundwork for Ethnic Impersonator Autobiographies

Chapter 3. Writing American: California Novels of Brown People and White Nationhood

Chapter 4. One Hundred Percent American: How a Slave, a Janitor, and a Former Klansman Escaped Racial Categories by Becoming Indians

Chapter 5. The Immigrant's Answer to Horatio Alger

Chapter 6. Passing As Poor: Class Imposture in Depression America

Chapter 7. Postwar Blackface: How Middle-Class White Americans Became Authentic through Blackness

Chapter 8. To Pass Is To Survive: Danny Santiago's Famous All Over Town

Conclusion. Rewriting the Ethnic Autobiography

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Illustrations

Buffalo Bill Cody meets with Native Americans

Participants in the Wild West shows

Lillian Smith as "The Califronia Girl"

Lillian Smith as Wenona

Ramona's marriage place

James Beckwourth

Jackie Oakie as Jim Beckwourth

Sylvester Long as Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance

Scene from My Man Godfrey

Illustration from a how-to book for hoboes

Scene from Sullivan's Travels

Grace Halsell's 1969 odyssey into blackness

C. Thomas Howell in Soul Man

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848593
Author:
Browder, Laura
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Literary forgeries and mystifications
Subject:
American prose literature
Subject:
Self in literature
Subject:
Cultural policy
Subject:
Ethnicity in literature
Subject:
Group identity in literature
Subject:
Ethnic groups in literature
Subject:
Impersonation in literature
Subject:
Impostors and imposture in literature.
Subject:
Passing
Subject:
Difference
Subject:
American
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
Difference (Psychology) in literature
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators; autobiography; 1830s; 1850s; slave narratives; Wild West; Ku Klux Klan; fake hobo autobiographies; Symbionese Liberation Army; Davy Crockett; P. T. Barnum; medicine shows; Ramona; The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta; James P.
Subject:
ethnic impersonators
Subject:
1830s
Subject:
1850s
Subject:
Slave narratives
Subject:
Wild West
Subject:
Ku klux klan
Subject:
fake hobo autobiographies
Subject:
Symbionese Liberation Army
Subject:
Davy Crockett
Subject:
P. T. Barnum
Subject:
Medicine shows.
Subject:
Ramona
Subject:
The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta
Subject:
James P. Beckwourth
Subject:
Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance
Subject:
The Education of Little Tree
Subject:
Yiddish Theater
Subject:
success manuals
Subject:
Samuel Ornitz
Subject:
Elisabeth Stern
Subject:
Jewish immigrants
Subject:
Boxcar Bertha
Subject:
Nels Anderson
Subject:
Black Like Me
Subject:
Soul Sister
Subject:
Soul Man
Subject:
Danny Santiago
Subject:
whiteness studies
Subject:
life writing
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultural Studies of the United States Paperback
Series Volume:
9650
Publication Date:
June 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 328 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848593 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , [A] thorough and intelligent study of a uniquely American literary tradition.

Spectator Slippery Characters is a splendid book.

James Olney, editor of Southern Review Browder's focus on ethnic impersonations is fresh and revealing.

Miles Orvell, Temple University

"Synopsis" by , Examining the creation and reception of ethnic impersonator autobiographies from the 1830s through the 1990s, Browder uncovers their surprising influence in shaping American notions of identity.
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