I N D E X
Acting: fantasies of, 52; in Imitation of
Life, 136, 138–40; in Show Boat, 71,
81–83, 92, 97, 103; in A Star is Born,
208, 224–26. See also Imitation
Adaptation, 12, 23, 26, 269, 272, 278; in
Show Boat, 69, 76; in the Uncle Tom’s
Cabin tradition, 32, 39–40, 44–47
Adorno, Theodor, 213, 224
Aesthetics. See Convention; Genre; Me-
diation; Sentimentality; Situation
Affect, 2, 4, 12, 14, 170, 266–68, 271. See
also Bargaining
Affect management, 3, 17, 268, 278.
See also Emotion
Agamben, Giorgio, 27, 162–63, 211, 315
n. 11
Ambivalence, xi, 2, 5–6, 11, 21, 25, 234,
261–62, 267, 281 n. 3, 285 n. 12; in
Landscape for a Good Woman, 238–43;
of Parker, 215–16, 218–21, 223, 228;
in Poor Eliza, 36, 55–58; in Prouty,
173–74, 179; in Uncle Sam Needs a
Wife, 148–49. See also Bargain-
ing; Female complaint
Amnesia: historical, 9, 29; in Imitation of
Life, 122; in Now, Voyager, 170–71,
179–80; in Show Boat, 72–74, 89, 92,
98. See also Memory
Anxiety, 13, 15–16, 21, 23, 146,179.
210, 224, 247, 285 n. 12. See also
Bargaining; Female complaint; Love
Attachment, 10–11, 13–15, 20, 32, 266
Autobiography, vii–x, 250
Badiou, Alain, 266
Baldwin, James, 28, 33, 35, 57–60, 66,
316–17 n. 24
Bargaining, viii, 2, 9–10, 12–13, 16,
20–22, 32, 44, 170, 233, 268–69;
Baldwin’s critique of, 57; in
Landscape for A Good Woman,
249, 255; in Parker, 213–15, 218,
223–24; in Prouty, 173, 177, 182, 184,
198; in Show Boat, 80–81, 99; in Uncle
Sam Needs a Wife, 149, 156, 159. See
also Affect; Ambivalence; Optimism
Belonging, viii–x, 10, 25, 28, 35, 266; citi-
zenship as, 150–67; vague, 3–7, 9,
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