Two Ways of Seeing the 1968 Fair Housing Act: The Landlord (1966) and The Landlord (1970).
Adrienne Brown’s compelling account of two works released on either side of the Fair Housing Act’s passage—Kristin Hunter’s 1966 novel The Landlord and the 1970 film adaptation written by Bill Gunn and directed by Hal Ashby—considers the ways these works variously imagined the relationship between housing, race, and racism of both interpersonal and institutional strains.
Adrienne Brown is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Her teaching and research focus on American and African American cultural production in the twentieth century, with a special focus on issues related to critical race studies, visual culture, and architecture and urban studies. Brown’s book The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017) examines the impact of the skyscraper on the perception and social construction of race in literature and American culture more generally. Brown is also the co-editor with Valerie Smith of the interdisciplinary collection Race and Real Estate (Oxford UP, 2015). Currently, she is working on a second book focusing on the residential and racial politics of mass home ownership in the twentieth century.