Blackening Europe: The African American Presence / Edition 1

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Traditional scholars have often looked at African American studies through the lens of European theories, resulting in the secondarization of the African American presence in Europe and its contributions to European culture. Blackening Europe reverses this pattern by using African American culture as the starting point for a discussion of its influences over traditional European structures. Evidence of Europe's blackening abound, from French ministers of hip-hop and British incarnations of "Shaft" to slavery memorials in the Netherlands and German youth sporting dreadlocks. Collecting essays by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and fields as diverse as history, literature, politics, social studies, art, film, and music, Blackening Europe explores the implications of these cultural hybrids and extends the growing dialogue about Europe's fascination with African America.
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Foreword: Migrancy, Culture, and a New Map of Europe
Introduction: Making the African American Experience Primary 1
1 Jazz as Decal of the European Avant-Garde 13
2 Blackness as Symptom: Josephine Baker and European Identity 35
3 "Jungle in the Spotlight"?: Primitivism and Esteem: Katherine Dunham's 1954 German Tour 53
4 Black Music, White Freedom: Times and Spaces of Jazz Countercultures in the USSR 73
5 Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery Memorials in the United States and the Netherlands 87
6 Dancing Away toward Home: An Interview with Bill T. Jones about Dancing in Contemporary Europe 107
7 The Melancholic Influence of the Postcolonial Spectral: Vera Mantero Summoning Josephine Baker 121
8 Nights of Flamenco and Blues in Spain: From Sorrow Songs to Solea and Back 141
9 Monsieur Hip-Hop 157
10 Rap, Rebounds, and Rocawear: The "Darkening" of German Youth Culture 171
11 A.R.T. Klikk, K.A.O.S., and the Rest: Hungarian Youth Rapping 187
12 "But I Ain't African, I'm American!": Black American Exiles and the Construction of Racial Identities in Twentieth-Century France 201
13 "Heroes across the Sea": Black and White British Fascination with African Americans in the Contemporary Black British Fiction by Caryl Phillips and Jackie Kay 217
14 Never Shall We Be Slaves: Locke's Treatises, Slavery, and Early European Modernity 235
15 Make Capital Out of Their Sympathy: Rhetoric and Reality of U.S. Slavery and Italian Immigrant Prostitution along the Color Line from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century 249
16 Blackening Gypsy Slavery: The Romanian Case 263
17 "Niggas" and "Skins": Nihilism among African American Youth in Low-Income Urban Communities and East German Youth in Satellite Cities, Small Towns, and Rural Areas 285
Contributors 303
Index 309
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