Blackening Europe: The African American Presence / Edition 1

Blackening Europe: The African American Presence / Edition 1

by Heike Raphael-Hernandez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415943981

ISBN-13: 9780415943987

Pub. Date: 10/06/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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Overview

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, form French ministers of Hip-hop and British incarnations of "Shaft" to slavery memorial 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 dialogues about Europe's fascination with African America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415943987
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/06/2003
Series:
Crosscurrents in African American History Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword: Migrancy, Culture, and a New Map of Europe
Introduction: Making the African American Experience Primary1
1Jazz as Decal of the European Avant-Garde13
2Blackness as Symptom: Josephine Baker and European Identity35
3"Jungle in the Spotlight"?: Primitivism and Esteem: Katherine Dunham's 1954 German Tour53
4Black Music, White Freedom: Times and Spaces of Jazz Countercultures in the USSR73
5Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery Memorials in the United States and the Netherlands87
6Dancing Away toward Home: An Interview with Bill T. Jones about Dancing in Contemporary Europe107
7The Melancholic Influence of the Postcolonial Spectral: Vera Mantero Summoning Josephine Baker121
8Nights of Flamenco and Blues in Spain: From Sorrow Songs to Solea and Back141
9Monsieur Hip-Hop157
10Rap, Rebounds, and Rocawear: The "Darkening" of German Youth Culture171
11A.R.T. Klikk, K.A.O.S., and the Rest: Hungarian Youth Rapping187
12"But I Ain't African, I'm American!": Black American Exiles and the Construction of Racial Identities in Twentieth-Century France201
13"Heroes across the Sea": Black and White British Fascination with African Americans in the Contemporary Black British Fiction by Caryl Phillips and Jackie Kay217
14Never Shall We Be Slaves: Locke's Treatises, Slavery, and Early European Modernity235
15Make 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 Century249
16Blackening Gypsy Slavery: The Romanian Case263
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 Areas285
Contributors303
Index309

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