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  •  That presumes a single author work with a very (1+ / 0-)
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    self-conscious author. In works that have multiple people with claims to authorship that doesn't work very well. In a tv show, multiple script writers, the director, and the actors all collaborate (or at times even compete) to create a work. Whose intent gets to trump?

    But more than that, authors are not always (I'd go so far as to say rarely) self-conscious enough to be aware of how their writing and plotting is impacted by racist images and themes in society. That doesn't mean that it's not. What appears on screen is what matters; not what an author thinks or hopes appears on screen.

    Ultimately, we all come to our own interpretations of a work, but we should be able to support it with clear examples. The strength of an interpretation comes from its textual support.

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      in terms of evidence there is much here. but again, don't separate a text from the social and cultural context that produced. it. once more, given our society it would be like arguing against gravity to somehow assume a text would not embody the racism, sexism, and classism of this society.

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