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Understanding Blackness through Performance Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity,9781137325075

Understanding Blackness through Performance Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 10/31/2013
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

How does the performance of blackness reframe issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality? Resistance and redeployment strategies inform the world of black theatre, performance, and theory, generating a multiplicity of positions from an intersectional perspective. Here, the contributors look into representational practices in film, music, literature, sculpture, video, vaudeville, fashion, and theatre and explore how they have fleshed out political struggles, while recognizing that they have sometimes maintained the mechanisms of violence against blacks. These practices have opened up new territories that require scrutiny today.

Author Biography

Anne Crémieux is Associate Professor of American Studies at the Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre, France. Xavier Lemoine is Associate Professor of American Studies at the Université de Nantes, France. Jean-Paul Rocchi is Professor of American Studies at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Black Beings, Black Embodyings: Notes on Contemporary Artistic Performances and their Cultural Interpretations; Jean-Paul Rocchi, Anne Crémieux, and Xavier Lemoine
PART I: BLACK BEING, BLACK EMBODYING: THE POWER OF AUTO-ETHNOGRAPHY
1. Each Taking Risk, Performing Self: Theorizing (Dis)Narratives; Myron Beasley
2. Transformative Womanist Rhetorical Strategies: Contextualizing Discourse and the Performance of Black Bodies of Desire; Toniesha L. Taylor
3. 'Is Anybody Walkin'?': the Black Body on the Runway as a Performance of the Politics of Desire; Gayle Baldwin
PART II: SHATTERED FRAMES AND THE ONLOOKER: STRATEGIES AND SIGNIFICATIONS
4. Transgressive (Re)presentations: Black Women, Vaudeville and the Politics of Performance in Early Trans-Atlantic Theatre; Zakiya R. Adair
5. Kara Walker's War on Racism: Mining (Mis)Representations of Blackness; Vanina Géré
6. Between Mumblecore and Post-Black Aesthetics: Barry Jenkins's Medicine for Melancholy; Simon Dickel
7. From Book to Film: Desire in Precious (Lee Daniels, 2009), adapted from Push by Sapphire (1995); Anne Crémieux
PART III: THROUGH PERFORMANCE: DESIRE AND THE BLACK SUBJECT
8. Black Queer Studies, Freedom and Other Human Possibilities; Rinaldo Walcott
9. About Face, or, What Is This 'Back' in B(l)ack Popular Culture?: From Venus Hottentot to Video Hottie; Mae G. Henderson
10. Margin Me: Intentional Marginality in the Queered Borderlands of Hiphop; Stephany Spaulding
PART IV: SHIFTING PARADIGMS OF IDENTITIES
11. Sculpting Black Queer Bodies and Desires: The Case of Richmond Barthé; James Smalls
12. I Am Not a Race Man: Racial Uplift and the Post-Black Aesthetic in Percival Everett's I Am Not Sidney Poitier; Kristin Leigh Moriah
13. Embodying Hybridity: Anna Deavere Smith's Identity Cross-Overs; Xavier Lemoine

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