Violence, particularly as it relates to the history of slavery, raises the question of representation. Textbooks and television both grapple with the same fundamental questions: to whom do the stories of slaves belong? How should these stories be told? In Transition 112, Daniel Itzkovitz talks with Tony Kushner about the controversy that surrounded the making of Lincoln, a serious and sober film about the passage of the 13th Amendment. Django Unchained covers the same time period but uses a wildly different lens. The film is terrifying and topsy-turvy, and has ignited controversy that became a white-hot conflagration. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. speaks with Quentin Tarantino about the making of his film, and a host of scholars and critics, including Walter Johnson, Glenda Carpio, and Terri Francis, set the issue ablaze with provocative and searing commentary that speaks to the controversial film and its potent afterlife.
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Featured Article: Lincoln and the Radicals: A Conversation with Tony Kushner #OpenAccess
with Daniel Itzkovitz
Tony Kushner speaks on Lincoln, why he didn't make a movie about slavery, and his own upbringing in the 1960s segregated-to-integrated South.
Contributors: Yarimar Bonilla, Jericho Brown, Paula Simone Campbell, Glenda R. Carpio, Robert Colescott, Jeanette Ehlers, Terri Francis, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Paul r. Harding, Daniel Itzkovitz, Walter Johnson, Jayson Keeling, Mirtho Linguet, Ajuan Mance, Xolela Mangcu, Jasmine Murrell, Nicholas Rinehart, Mark Schuller, Mary Solyanick, Deborah A. Thomas, Chris Vognar, Kara Walker.