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Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV Paperback – November 2, 2015

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"Every now and then a publication arrives that's right on time, and Real Sister is the read of the season … Cue the book club debates!"
-- #1 in Patrik's Picks, Essence Magazine

"A frank meditation on the images of black women in television’s most dominant form, Real Sister exposes the ways in which the ambivalent pleasures derived from reality TV’s obligatory train wrecks implicate black women as both victim and entrepreneur."
-- Darnell Hunt, editor of Channeling Blackness

"Real Sister makes a significant contribution to existing scholarship by establishing links between depictions of black women in television and a longer-running history of representations of black women in literature and popular culture tropes."
-- Leigh H. Edwards, author of The Triumph of Reality TV: The Revolution in American Television

About the Author

JERVETTE R. WARD is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

Product details

  • Item Weight : 12.3 ounces
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press; None Edition (November 2, 2015)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • ISBN-10 : 0813575060
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0813575063
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 5 ratings
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