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Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights$
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Robert J. Patterson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042775

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042775.001.0001

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The Future in Black and White

The Future in Black and White

Fran Ross, Adrienne Kennedy, and Post–Civil Rights Black Feminist Thought

(p.139) Chapter 6 The Future in Black and White
Black Cultural Production after Civil Rights

Samantha Pinto

University of Illinois Press

Focusing on Adrienne Kennedy's 1976 drama, A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White, and Fran Ross's 1974 novel, Oreo, this essay argues for a radical reinterpretation of post-civil rights cultural and political legacies. Each author has been neglected in classrooms and criticism of the period, and in our stories about what constitutes paradigmatic black artistic practice of the time just beyond the height of the civil rights era. This essay renarrates this moment in African American literature, culture, and politics with these two authors at its center, marking the two texts as finding both danger and pleasure in popular performances of sexuality, gender, and race as they constitute a contemporary black feminist practice.

Keywords:   feminism, performance, black women's writing, whiteness, postmodernism, popular culture

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