Slippery characters : ethnic impersonators and American identities /

This work examines the tradition of ethnic impersonators in the United States. It looks at works such as Welsh Baptist Elizabeth Stern's immigrant narrative "I am a Woman - and a Jew", and uncovers their surprising influence on American notions of identity.

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Main Author: Browder, Laura, 1963-
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2000.
Series:Cultural studies of the United States.
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Online Access:Available via EBSCO eBook Collection
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Table of Contents:
  • Slave narratives and the problem of authenticity
  • Staged ethnicities: laying the groundwork for ethnic impersonator autobiographies
  • Writing American: California novels of brown people and white nationhood
  • One hundred percent American: how a slave, a janitor, and a former Klansman escaped racial categories by becoming Indians
  • The immigrant's answer to Horatio Alger
  • Passing as poor: class imposture in Depression America
  • Postwar blackface: how middle-class white Americans became authentic through blackness
  • To pass is to survive: Danny Santiago's Famous all over town
  • Conclusion. Rewriting the ethnic autobiography.