By Harry Justin Elam; David Krasner
An anthology of serious writings that explores the intersections of race, theater, and function in America.
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Conway, however, eliminates Emmeline and portrays only Cassy as a mother. Here, I will consider in more depth only the ﬁgure of Cassy, since it is she who most closely approximates the tragedy of the mulatto. Although Richard Yarborough describes Cassy as a “proud, willful, mixedblood woman who has been driven to infanticide by broken promises, sexual exploitation, and horrible suffering, Cassy resists her enslavement more ﬁercely and actively than any black character besides George Harris,”23 Cassy Uncle Tom’s Women 27 also exempliﬁes the Victorian image of the fallen woman.
Discussion with Senior Scholars Part V, a roundtable discussion on African American theater historiography, featuring some of the leading scholars in the ﬁeld of African American theater and performance—James Hatch, Sandra Richards, and Margaret Wilkerson—concludes the anthology. Questioned by the editors, ElamandKrasner, these scholars assess the past and present state of African American theater and performance studies. Among many issues, this roundtable examines the relationship of black theater criticism to black theater and performance studies practice; considers the role of the scholar in perpetuating as well as analyzing black performance; analyzes the relationship between African American “legitimate” theater and what Gates calls the Chitlin Circuit;20 and discusses some of theissuesraisedbytheAugustWilson–RobertBrustein debate in January 1997.
And, like the character of Chloe, Mammy’s conjugal and ﬁlial ties also serve to link her to sexuality. Furthermore, Marie repeats race sentiments that describe slaves’ insensitivity to pain and normal affections. Beyond Marie’s criticisms, Uncle Tom’s Women 35 Mammy also falls short of the myth in her appearance. Although “dressed neatly, with high red and yellow turban on her head,” Stowe describes her as a “decent mulatto woman” not as the heavy brown woman generally associated with the ﬁgure of the mammy.