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Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 (New Black Studies Series) Hardcover – October 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252036492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252036491
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) Book Award, 2012.
Winner of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Book Award, 2012.

"Required reading for understanding the ways in which narrative and performance have been central to challenging white oppression as well as (re)imagining black identity in America. Highly recommended."--Choice


 
 

 



"Mitchell methodically documents and skillfully interprets lynching drama's important cultural work. . . . She illuminates an overlooked aspect African American literary history."--Arkansas Review
 
"Mitchell expertly brings in critical approaches from literary and performance studies to show how concepts such as 'circulation' and 'impact' held different meaning for citizens trying to survive traumatic events. . . . Her study offers significant new insights into a key historical movement and provides a model of academic scholarship."--American Historical Review

 



"Offers cogent insights into the cultural work of creative expression in a context of racial violence."--The Journal of American History

 

"If ever a lynching book could be described as beautiful, it would undoubtedly be Mitchell's for the gracious way she takes care to read, generously and meticulously, all that she sees and hears (as well as what she does not see and hear) when she enters the homes that these characters have struggled to build for themselves."--Signs

 


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Koritha Mitchell is an associate professor of English at The Ohio State University.

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Koritha Mitchell grew up in Texas, with its history of intense racial violence & its legacy of people of color who persevered despite it. She attended college in Ohio, known for its commitment to freedom while slavery was the law of the land. Partly because she encountered racism (even) there, she was inspired to pursue graduate education to learn more. Studying near Washington, D.C., she quickly realized that the nation's capital is below the Mason-Dixon line, which helped her understand lynching drama--a genre initiated by black writers in & near the capital city, who (like Mitchell would later) experienced its problems but had faith in its promises.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kidada E. Williams on March 13, 2012
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Mitchell's thoroughly researched book reveals how African American playwrights tried to rewrite the narrative of lynching that was produced by lynchers and their apologists--that mobs lynched black men because they were savage brutes who ravished white women or killed white men. Focusing on playwrights' efforts to reveal how African American communities experienced or "lived with" lynching, Mitchell uses such dramas as Angelina Weld Grimke's "Rachel" and Georgia Douglas Johnson's "Safe" to show how these writers tried to provide the more complex reasons for white-on-black lynching and to shift readers' gazes from the scenes of actual lynchings to the places where lynching resonated most--in African Americans' homes and communities. My favorite section of the book is Part II, in which Mitchell details the types of characters dramatists created--soldier, lawyer, mother, pimp/coward--to affirm African Americans' citizenship, humanity, and entitlement to justice. This book illuminates some of the brilliant cultural and political strategies African Americans used to assert their citizenship rights and resist lynching.
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By Kimmika Williams on July 7, 2014
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A necessary but difficult read.
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Modern day lynching still exists in which some states deny the existence and worth of blacks and other minorities.

Today it is called Voter Suppression.

Voter Suppression denies the rights of citizenship to its victims.
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