July 18th, 2007


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Further to spiralsheep's posting about "Mammy" in Britain:

I'm researching representations of Black women in UK TV and film. The "Mammy" stereotype permates US culture, but I'm curious about its British equivalent(s), and/or whether the American "Mammy" hopped the Pond to become part of British culture (perhaps via rubbish like The Black and White Minstrel Show). Although Martha doesn't precisely match the typical "Mammy" stereotype, there may be British stereotypes of servile Black women that HN/FOB invokes, possibly influenced by the US stereotype. But it's possible that Martha-as-selfless-maid is a more painful sight to US than UK viewers.