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Table of ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. Conditions of Possibility: The Disney Studios, Postwar "Thermidor," and the Ambivalent Origins of Song of the SouthChapter 2. "Put Down the Mint Julep, Mr. Disney": Postwar Racial Consciousness and Disney's Critical Legacy in the 1946 Reception of Song of the SouthChapter 3. "Our Most Requested Movie": Media Convergence, Black Ambivalence, and the Reconstruction of Song of the SouthChapter 4. A Past That Never Existed: Coonskin, Post-racial Whiteness, and Rewriting History in the Era of ReaganismChapter 5. On Tar Babies and Honey Pots: Splash Mountain, "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," and the Transmedia Dissipation of Song of the SouthChapter 6. Reassuring Convergence: New Media, Nostalgia, and the Internet Fandom of Song of the SouthConclusionAppendix. Timeline for Song of the South and Its ParatextsNotesSelected BibliographyIndex
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This book is extremely smart, painstakingly researched, and it ties together many concepts and issues that too rarely find themselves in the same book. Sperb is a gifted writer, who holds his reader's attention with skill, and he provides a fantastic piece of work here, one that will serve multiple publics and that fills in important historical territory while also advancing discussions on race, convergence, Disney, film reception, textuality, and remediation. This is really quite a spectacular achievement.
Jonathan Gray, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts
Disney's Most Notorious Film is a tremendously interesting, timely, provocative, and useful project. It is unique in studying reception and fandom through focus on a single, though also importantly dispersed and plural, text of nearly seventy years' duration and circulation. On its own, Song of the South is a film demanding more analysis than it has received, and Sperb has given it the attention it deserves precisely by focusing on what's most intriguing about it: Its controversial aspects, its unique place in the Disney canon and marketing work, its fans, and the ways its pleasure and affect connect with changing American ideas about race. Perhaps the most important finding of this book is that fan activity--which in contemporary scholarship is most often celebrated for creating new knowledge and engaged producer-consumers--is very complex as it unfolds over time, and that it can have undesirable outcomes.
Arthur Knight, Associate Professor of American Studies and English, The College of William and Mary, author of Disintegrating the Musical: African American Performance and American Musical Film and coeditor of Soundtrack Available: Film and Pop Music