Canadian Review of American Studies – Volume 41, Number 1 / March 2011 is now available at
This issue contains:
Yamashita’s Post-National Spaces: “It All Comes Together in Los Angeles”
This essay explores Karen Fei Yamashita’s representation of Los Angeles, not as a hub of multiculturalism, but as a nodal point that connects Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. Tropic of Orange cleverly depicts the roots and routes of transnational exchanges of labour and trade, and, in the process, shows the transformations of the local environment through these global contacts. The novel further conducts a spatial archaeology to highlight spatial injustices, focusing on the various (im)migrant populations that occupy a single city neighbourhood over time, regulations that restrict their access, and the unequal distribution of resources and development of infrastructures.
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”: Community Activism and the Black Panther Party, 1966–1971
Ryan J. Kirkby
This article examines the Black Panther Party’s community activism from 1966 to 1971, with two aims in mind. First, it provides an overview of the numerous “survival programs” organized by the party in human sustenance, health care, education, and criminal justice, detailing their revolutionary intentions. Second, and more importantly, it challenges scholars to start considering ways in which community activism and revolutionary violence operated in tandem as part of the same strategy for Black liberation. In this way, it emphasizes the necessity to move beyond stagnant characterizations of the party as either humanitarian do-gooders or violent street toughs to construct a more complex interpretation of the BPP’s legacy.
The Little Black School House: Revealing the Histories of Canada’s Segregated Schools— A Conversation with Sylvia Hamilton
Brianne Howard, Sarah E.K. Smith
Segregated schools are a widely documented component of American history. Conversely, in Canada, provincially legislated segregation of Black Canadians has not been fully acknowledged. This historical amnesia raises numerous questions about the construction of Black experiences in both states. This interview examines Sylvia Hamilton’s documentary The Little Black School House (2007), which explores the past as a means to contribute to the ongoing vitality of Black communities. Our discussion places this film within the historical context of legislated segregation in Canada and the United States, drawing attention to histories that have been largely absent within the dominant Canadian historical narrative.
TVPD: The Generational Diegetics of the Police Procedural on American Television
This paper examines the crime fiction genre known as the police procedural and traces its evolution from televisual inception to the present. The police procedural in the context of American network television is generally divisible into three canonical periods—the Golden Age, the Gilded Age, and the Dark Age—with the series populating these eras serving not only as social dramas that calibrate public sentiments about the police, but more importantly as historical texts that reflect how the police perceive their role as workers in American society: a self-assessment based primarily on their relationship to technology. As policing has undergone tremendous technological change in concert with the popularization of the police procedural, having largely evolved, technologically speaking, into an automated industry, the TV cop has similarly devolved into a composite figure alienated from both work and American society at large.
He “coulda been a contender” for Miss America: Feminizing Brando in On the Waterfront
Michael T. Schuyler
This alternative reading of On the Waterfront discusses how the film presents a feminized version of Marlon Brando’s character, Terry Malloy. Then, it puts this portrayal into context, suggesting that director Elia Kazan wants to portray Terry as American only once this character sheds his womanly trappings and undergoes a rebirth as an “acceptable” bastion of masculinity. After all, in Waterfront’s narrative, which allegorizes Kazan’s decision to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Terry serves as a surrogate for the director; therefore, Kazan wants to equate Terry’s eventual return to masculinity with his own choice to name names. And, in the view of Kazan, “manly men” best represent America.
American Studies in Review: Killer Apps
This review examines David Schmid’s Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture and Mark Seltzer’s True Crime: Observations on Modernity and suggests that they are both significant contributions to recent scholarship on the importance of violent criminality to contemporary cultural life. While Schmid’s focus is the strange celebrity of the serial killer and the ways this figure has forwarded diverse ideological and commercial interests, Seltzer posits crime narratives as revealing models for contemporary modes of sociality and belief.
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