top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
The Suffering Will Not Be Televised
African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling
The Suffering Will Not Be Televised
Click on image to enlarge

Rebecca Wanzo - Author
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 288 pages
Release Date: September 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2883-3

Quantity:  
Price: $26.95 
Paperback - 288 pages
Release Date: September 2009
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2882-6

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...

Available as a Kindle Edition.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

Explores how the suffering of African American women has been minimized and obscured in U.S. culture.

Why do some stories of lost white girls garner national media headlines, while others missing remain unknown to the general public? What makes a suffering person legible as a legitimate victim in U.S. culture? In The Suffering Will Not Be Televised, Rebecca Wanzo uses African American women as a case study to explore the conventions of sentimental political storytelling—the cultural practices that make the suffering of some legible while obscuring other kinds of suffering. Through an examination of memoirs, news media, film, and television, Wanzo’s analysis reveals historical and contemporary tendencies to conflate differences between different kinds of suffering, to construct suffering hierarchies, and to treat wounds inflicted by the state as best healed through therapeutic, interpersonal interaction. Wanzo’s focus on situations as varied as disparities in child abduction coverage, pain experienced in medical settings, sexual violence, and treatment of prisoners of war illuminates how widely and deeply these conventions function within U.S. culture.

“Wanzo’s book is truly an historical tour de force … With admirable dexterity, Wanzo analyzes multiple discourses that use sentimental storytelling to deny and minimize contemporary black suffering … The book is well written, theoretically informed, and accessible and relevant to new generations of students.” — Feminist Formations

“Tracing the invisibility of the suffering of African American women across media, The Suffering Will Not Be Televised offers an important analysis of the many ways in which African American women’s experiences have been excluded from narratives about social violence and victimization. Wanzo’s book serves as a reminder about the necessity of considering gender and race relationally for women’s studies, cultural studies, and studies of crime, media, and culture.” — Carol A. Stabile, author of White Victims, Black Villains: Gender, Race, and Crime News in U.S. Culture

Rebecca Wanzo is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and English at the Ohio State University.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Saving Shoshana

1. Beyond Uncle Tom: A Genealogy of Sentimental Political Storytelling

2. Incidents in the Life of a (Volunteer) Slave Girl: The Specter of Slavery and Escapes from History

3. The Reading Cure: Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, and Sentimental Identification

4. Salvation in His Arms? Rape, Race, and Intimacy’s Salve

5. In the Shadow of Anarcha: Race, Pain, and Medical Storytelling

6. The Abduction Will Not Be Televised: Suffering Hierarchies, Simple Stories, and the Logic of Child Protection in the United States

Coda: Lifetime, Anyone? A Meditation on Victims

Notes
Index


Related Subjects
49259/49260(LM/RM/MC)

Related Products

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3
Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3
Something Akin to Freedom
Something Akin to Freedom
Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2
Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2
The Color of Freedom
The Color of Freedom
Imagining Black Womanhood
Imagining Black Womanhood
Race, Place, and Risk
Race, Place, and Risk
The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave
The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave
Sailing Against the Wind
Sailing Against the Wind
Black Resistance in High School
Black Resistance in High School
Womanist Forefathers
Womanist Forefathers



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg