Television: Viewpoints

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (CBS, Jan. 31, 9 p.m.

E.D.T.) is not the first made-for-TV movie that takes on a serious subject, but it is one of the very few that sticks uncompromisingly to its intentions from the first frame to the last. Miss Jane is not a real person. Her "autobiography" is, in fact, a narrative convention adopted by Novelist Ernest Gaines in order to create an archetypal "life"' encompassing the essence of the black experience in the U.S. from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the...

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