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Frank's Place, Gender, and New Orleans: Using Folklore to Create Televisual Place

Frank's Place, Gender, and New Orleans: Using Folklore to Create Televisual Place Frank’s Place, Gender, and New Orleans: Using Folklore to Create Televisual Place robin roberts the critic ally accl aimed and award - thentic city—a voice that spoke of origins rather winning television show Frank’s Place aired than of new beginnings” (15). Though this tale only twenty­ two episodes in 1987–88, but de­ is set decades before Hurricane Katrina, the spite its brief run, the series has had a strong series’ affection for New Orleans presciently impact on critics and the genre. The series’ title evokes the music and attitudes expressed in character moves from the Northeast to New the aftermath of the diaspora, even including Orleans, a city that he struggles to understand as the theme song Louis Armstrong’s “Do You and appreciate. As an outsider, the series’ Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?,” main character Frank Parrish enacts a paradigm which also became an anthem for the city post­ of cultural education. Born in New Orleans, he Katrina. moved from the city at the age of two and has The specific episodes discussed here rep­ become a northerner, a professor specializing resent the ways that Frank’s Place draws on in Italian Renaissance art history at a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

Frank's Place, Gender, and New Orleans: Using Folklore to Create Televisual Place

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 69 (4) – Nov 18, 2017

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University of Illinois Press
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Copyright © 2008 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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1934-6018

Abstract

Frank’s Place, Gender, and New Orleans: Using Folklore to Create Televisual Place robin roberts the critic ally accl aimed and award - thentic city—a voice that spoke of origins rather winning television show Frank’s Place aired than of new beginnings” (15). Though this tale only twenty­ two episodes in 1987–88, but de­ is set decades before Hurricane Katrina, the spite its brief run, the series has had a strong series’ affection for New Orleans presciently impact on critics and the genre. The series’ title evokes the music and attitudes expressed in character moves from the Northeast to New the aftermath of the diaspora, even including Orleans, a city that he struggles to understand as the theme song Louis Armstrong’s “Do You and appreciate. As an outsider, the series’ Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?,” main character Frank Parrish enacts a paradigm which also became an anthem for the city post­ of cultural education. Born in New Orleans, he Katrina. moved from the city at the age of two and has The specific episodes discussed here rep­ become a northerner, a professor specializing resent the ways that Frank’s Place draws on in Italian Renaissance art history at a

Journal

Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Nov 18, 2017

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