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Miriam J. Petty

Miriam J. Petty is an associate professor in the department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University. Her award-winning book Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood explores the limits and possibilities of Black stardom.

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Imitation of Life: On Passing Between

In its ambivalence toward its provocative themes, John M. Stahl’s groundbreaking exploration of racial identity demonstrates the insolubility of Hollywood’s representational conundrum.

By Miriam J. Petty