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Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews

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This is the first book to examine the connections between diaspora - the movement, whether forced or voluntary, of a nation or group of people from one homeland to another - and its representations in visual culture. Two foundational articles by Stuart Hall and the painter R.B. Kitaj provide points of departure for an exploration of the meanings of diaspora for cultural identity and artistic practice.

A distinguished group of contributors, who include Alan Sinfield, Irit Rogoff, and Eunice Lipton, address the rich complexity of diasporic cultures and art, but with a focus on the visual culture of the Jewish and African diasporas. Individual articles address the Jewish diaspora and visual culture from the 19th century to the present, and work by African American and Afro-Brazilian artists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415166690
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Culture Work Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The multiple viewpoint: diasporic visual cultures 1
Pt. I Points of departure 19
1 Cultural identity and diaspora 21
2 First diasporist manifesto 34
Pt. II Diasporic identity in the nineteenth century 43
3 Mary Edmonia Lewis's Minnehaha: gender, race and the "Indian Maid" 45
4 Pissarro's passage: The sensation of Caribbean Jewishness in diaspora 57
5 The body of Alfred Dreyfus: a site for France's displaced anxieties of masculinity, homosexuality and power 76
Pt. III Engendering diaspora 93
6 Diaspora and hybridity: queer identities and the ethnicity model 95
7 Nomadic cultural production in African diaspora 115
8 Black skin, white kins: metamodern masks, multiple mimesis 143
9 Daughters of sunshine: diasporic impulses and gendered identities 163
10 The hill behind the house: an Ashkenazi Jew and art history 179
Pt. IV Poland-Brazil 191
11 Imaging the Shtetl: diaspora culture, photography and eastern European Jews 193
12 Alice Halicka's self-effacement: constructing an artistic identity in interwar France 207
13 Helio Oiticica's Parangoles: nomadic experience in endless motion 224
14 Memory and agency: Bantu and Yoruba arts in Brazilian culture 241
15 Practicing modernism: "... for the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house ..." 254
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