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Of "Sound" and "Unsound" Body and Mind: Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman

Of "Sound" and "Unsound" Body and Mind: Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman Of “Sound” and “Unsound” Body and Mind Reconfi guring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman Janell Hobson Harriet Tubman (ca. 1822– 1913) is central to narratives of US progressive history and specifi cally black women’s history. For this reason, she can easily be invoked in a historic acceptance speech by Viola Davis, who became the fi rst black woman to win a Leading Actress Emmy in 2015 at a time when she had planned to produce and star in a Tubman biopic. Tubman has also inspired the establishment of a national park, as with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, and won the popular vote in a 2015 campaign to place a historic woman on the US currency. She is even contemporized for modern audiences, whether that involves denigrating her in a vulgar spoof called the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, which briefl y appeared on and then was subsequently removed from Russell Simmons’s All- Def Digital YouTube channel due to its controversy, or celebrating her in a satirized Drunk History episode on Comedy Central, as portrayed by Octavia Spencer. She also appeared in the popular television series Underground, portrayed by Aisha Hinds, who delivered an unforgettable monologue in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

Of "Sound" and "Unsound" Body and Mind: Reconfiguring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies , Volume 40 (2) – Jul 25, 2019

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Abstract

Of “Sound” and “Unsound” Body and Mind Reconfi guring the Heroic Portrait of Harriet Tubman Janell Hobson Harriet Tubman (ca. 1822– 1913) is central to narratives of US progressive history and specifi cally black women’s history. For this reason, she can easily be invoked in a historic acceptance speech by Viola Davis, who became the fi rst black woman to win a Leading Actress Emmy in 2015 at a time when she had planned to produce and star in a Tubman biopic. Tubman has also inspired the establishment of a national park, as with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, and won the popular vote in a 2015 campaign to place a historic woman on the US currency. She is even contemporized for modern audiences, whether that involves denigrating her in a vulgar spoof called the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, which briefl y appeared on and then was subsequently removed from Russell Simmons’s All- Def Digital YouTube channel due to its controversy, or celebrating her in a satirized Drunk History episode on Comedy Central, as portrayed by Octavia Spencer. She also appeared in the popular television series Underground, portrayed by Aisha Hinds, who delivered an unforgettable monologue in

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jul 25, 2019

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