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Slum plays, salvation stories, and crook pictures: the gangster regeneration cycle and the prehistory of the gangster genre (2017)
Journal Article
Heffernan, N. (2017). Slum plays, salvation stories, and crook pictures: the gangster regeneration cycle and the prehistory of the gangster genre. Film History, 29(2), doi:10.2979/ lmhistory.29.2.02. ISSN 0892-2160

Recent scholarship exhorts film historians to attend to production cycles in order to interrogate established conceptions of genres. This essay identifies and examines a neglected cycle of gangster regeneration films that flourished between 1910 and... Read More

“As usual, I'll have to take an IOU”: W.E.B. Du Bois, the gift of black music and the cultural politics of obligation (2017)
Journal Article
Heffernan, N. (in press). “As usual, I'll have to take an IOU”: W.E.B. Du Bois, the gift of black music and the cultural politics of obligation. Journal of American Studies, doi:10.1017/S0021875817000883. ISSN 0021-8758

In The Souls of Black Folk (1903) W. E. B. Du Bois described African American music as a “gift” to America, contesting the tendency to regard white interest in black culture as appropriation or theft. Yet this metaphor invoked the complex circuits of... Read More