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Performing Animation, Performing Race

by Nicholas Sammond

In Lightning Sketch (1907), artist, vaudeville performer, and film producer James Stuart Blackton demonstrates the art of the lightning sketch. In the process of converting the words "coon" and "cohen" into stereotypical images of a blackface minstrel (or black man) and a Jew, Blackton demonstrates vaudeville's (and animation's) celebration of the transformation of morphology into power relations.

Lightning Sketch (1907)

This 1907 film chronicles a lightning sketch with stereotypical content.

from Lightning Sketch (1907)
Creator: James Stuart Blackton
Distributor: Vitagraph
Posted by Nicholas Sammond