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The Resource Birth of an industry : blackface minstrelsy and the rise of American animation, Nicholas Sammond

Birth of an industry : blackface minstrelsy and the rise of American animation, Nicholas Sammond

Label
Birth of an industry : blackface minstrelsy and the rise of American animation
Title
Birth of an industry
Title remainder
blackface minstrelsy and the rise of American animation
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Sammond
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Nicholas Sammond describes how popular early American cartoon characters were derived from blackface minstrelsy. He charts the industrialization of animation in the early twentieth century, its representation in the cartoons themselves, and how important blackface minstrels were to that performance, standing in for the frustrations of animation workers. Cherished cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Felix the Cat, were conceived and developed using blackface minstrelsy's visual and performative conventions: these characters are not like minstrels; they are minstrels. They play out the social, cultural, political, and racial anxieties and desires that link race to the laboring body, just as live minstrel show performers did. Carefully examining how early animation helped naturalize virulent racial formations, Sammond explores how cartoons used laughter and sentimentality to make those stereotypes seem not only less cruel but actually pleasurable. Although the visible links between cartoon characters and the minstrel stage faded long ago, Sammond shows how important those links are to thinking about animation then and now, and about how cartoons continue to help illuminate the central place of race in American cultural and social life
Cataloging source
NcD/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sammond, Nicholas
Dewey number
791.43/34
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NC1766.U5
LC item number
S36 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animated films
  • Animation (Cinematography)
  • Blackface entertainers
  • Minstrel shows
Label
Birth of an industry : blackface minstrelsy and the rise of American animation, Nicholas Sammond
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: biting the invisible hand -- Performance -- Labor -- Space -- Race -- Conclusion: the "new" blackface
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 382 pages
Isbn
9780822358404
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015003368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
902986779
Label
Birth of an industry : blackface minstrelsy and the rise of American animation, Nicholas Sammond
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: biting the invisible hand -- Performance -- Labor -- Space -- Race -- Conclusion: the "new" blackface
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 382 pages
Isbn
9780822358404
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015003368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
902986779

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