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Miriam Petty
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Miriam Petty is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She writes and teaches on issues of stardom, reception, genre, race, and media, and is especially interested in the history of African American representation in popular culture. Her forthcoming book, Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood (University of California Press, 2015) explores the complex relationships between black audiences and black performers in the classical Hollywood era.

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Refusing the Happy Ending: 12 Years A Slave

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:13 PM

The somber close of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave eloquently unsettles one of the most vexing aspects of U.S. race relations: a uniquely American desire for a happy ending. This desire surfaces in a variety of places to do with national mythmaking and storytelling. And why not? What's so...

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