Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism

Performing Blackness: Enactments of African-American Modernism

by Kimberley W. Benston
     
 

Performing Blackness offers a challenging interpretation of black cultural expression since the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Exploring drama, music, poetry, sermons, and criticism, Benston offers an exciting meditation on modern black performance's role in realising African-American aspirations for autonomy and authority.
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Overview

Performing Blackness offers a challenging interpretation of black cultural expression since the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Exploring drama, music, poetry, sermons, and criticism, Benston offers an exciting meditation on modern black performance's role in realising African-American aspirations for autonomy and authority.
Artists covered include:

• John Coltrane
* Ntozake Shange

• Ed Bullins

• Amiri Baraka

• Adrienne Kennedy

• Michael Harper.
Performing Blackness is an exciting contribution to the ongoing debate about the vitality and importance of black culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415009492
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Prologue: performing blackness1
Pt. IWill the circle be unbroken?: drama and the quest for communality23
1Sighting blackness: mimesis and methexis in Black Arts theatrical theory24
2Site-ing blackness: abjection and affirmation in modern black drama53
Pt. IIBlow into the freezing night: expressive agency in Coltrane and the Coltrane Poem113
3Innovating blackness: praxis and passion in (late) Coltrane115
4Renovating blackness: remembrance and revolution in the Coltrane Poem145
Pt. IIIFind the self, then kill it: scripts and scores of self-enactment187
5Sounding blackness: vision and voice in the performative poetics of Amiri Baraka189
6Rehearsing blackness: spectre and spectacle in the theatrical prefaces of Adrienne Kennedy228
Pt. IVI was myself within the circle: vernacular and critical paradigms of expressive agency245
7Improvising blackness: telling and testifying in the modern chant-sermon247
8Re-calling blackness: recollection and response in contemporary black autocritography283
Epilogue: re:presenting blackness307
App. AColtrane Poems313
App. Bsermon transcripts331
Notes352
Index375

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