West Virginia University Philological Papers

Articles from Vol. 49, Fall

"Alias Jeremiah": Oscar Micheaux's Pathetic Preachers
"I have become a laughingstock all day long, everyone mocks me." Jeremiah 20:7 * "My heart is crushed within me, all my bones shake, I have become like a drunkard, like one overcome with wine."--Jeremiah 22:9 "Crushed--Body and Soul."--Isabelle,...
"A Very Unusual Practise [Sic]": Miscegenation and the Film Industry in the Hays Era
Two of the most influential men in mid-twentieth century cultural history were film czar Will Hays and philosopher Mortimer Adler. Little, if any, scholarly attention has been paid to the professional relationship between these two men, but the effect...
Bamboozled: Political Parodic Postmodernism
A postmodernism of resistance.... seeks to question rather than exploit cultural codes, to explore rather than conceal social and political affiliations. Hal Foster "You must never be a misrepresented people." Stevie Wonder Although Spike...
Colonialism in Josef Von Sternberg's der Blaue Engel
The Weimar Republic, as many scholars have noted, suffered from a crisis of both national and masculine identity. (1) The Versailles Treaty mandated, among other things, the loss of German colonies, which were a point of pride, a way of acting out...
Hospitality, Integration, and Daily Life: Le the Au Harem d'Archi Ahmed and le Gone Du Chaaba
In Hospitalite francaise (1984), Tahar Ben Jelloun lists a number of crimes committed against Arab people in France between May 1982 and October 1983. (1) A total of forty-five victims, teenagers and young adults, were violently attacked for various...
Introduction
The Bible advises us that there is a time to love and to hate, along with a litany of other suggestions for good guidance. I find nowhere in the list, however, counsel on relinquishing editorships, but were there such an admonition, it might read,...
The Kaiser as the Beast of Berlin: Race and the Animalizing of German-Ness in Early Hollywood's Advertising Imagery
The 1910s were a pivotal period when movie studios and stars began to reside in Hollywood and when the circumstances of the First World War helped the United States film industry to achieve global market dominance. During the 1910s and early '20s Hollywood...
Vaucluse's Servants: "Not Slaves of Ours"-A Nineteenth-Century Southerners's Anti-Slavery Narrative Strategy
Constance Cary Harrison, nineteenth-century author of over thirty-five novels and numerous articles, garnered the readership of both the North and South through the use of conciliatory prose (1) while presenting progressive characterizations of African...
When the Oppressed Becomes the Oppressor: Willie Lynch and the Politics of Race and Racism in Hip-Hop Music
Insanity playin' on your vanity As they stomp your sense of self Tellin' you what you need to succeed The Last Poets * Racism is an incubus that has haunted every culture in the United States since its inception. Today, aspects of the hip-hop...
Why Karl Calls Himself "Negro": The Representation of Waiting and the Waited-On in Franz Kafka's der Verschollene
Er nannte daher, da ihm im Augenblick kein anderer Name einfiel, nur den Rufnamen aus seinen letzten Stellungen: 'Negro'. * Kafka's cryptic inclusion of the pseudonym "Negro" in his America-novel Der Verschollene, presented during the European immigrant...
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