Infectious Rhythm: Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture

Infectious Rhythm: Metaphors of Contagion and the Spread of African Culture

by Barbara Browning
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415919800

ISBN-13: 9780415919807

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Barbara Browning follows the trail of "infectious rhythm" from the ecstatic percussion of a Brazilian carnival group to the eerily silent video image of the LAPD beating a man like a drum. Throughout, she identifies the metaphoric strain of contagion which both celebrates the diasporic spread of African culture, and serves as the justification for its brutal…  See more details below

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Barbara Browning follows the trail of "infectious rhythm" from the ecstatic percussion of a Brazilian carnival group to the eerily silent video image of the LAPD beating a man like a drum. Throughout, she identifies the metaphoric strain of contagion which both celebrates the diasporic spread of African culture, and serves as the justification for its brutal repression. The essays in this book examine both the vital and violent ways in which recent associations have been made between the AIDS pandemic and African diasporic cultural practices, including religious worship, music, dance, sculpture, painting, orature, literature and film. While pointing to the lengthy and complex history of the metaphor of African contagion, Browning argues that in its politicized, life-affirming embodiment, the figure might actually teach us to respond to epidemia humanely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415919807
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: "Haiti Is Here / Haiti Is Not Here"1
1Babaluaiye: Diaspora As Pandemic17
2Compact World33
3Lutte contre les moustiques: The Question of Irony51
4African Medicine Men71
5Voodoo Economics87
6Mixing Bloods: The L. A. Riots105
7Cyberspace, Voodoo Sex, and Retroviral Identity121
8Benetton: Blood Is Big Business141
9Penetrable Selves ("Paris Is Burning")159
10The Closed Body173
Notes193
Index219

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