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No other word in the English language is more endemic to contemporary Black American culture and identity than "Soul". Since the 1960s Soul has been frequently used to market and sell music, food, and fashion. However, Soul also refers to a pervasive belief in the capacity of the Black body/spirit to endure the most trying of times in an ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. While some attention has been given to various genre manifestations of Soul-as in Soul music and food-no book has yet fully explored the discursive terrain signified by the term. In this broad-ranging, free-spirited book, a diverse group of writers, artists, and scholars reflect on the ubiquitous but elusive concept of Soul. Topics include: politics and fashion, Blaxploitation films, language, literature, dance, James Brown, and Schoolhouse Rock. Among the contributors are Angela Davis, Manning Marable, Paul Gilroy, Lyle Ashton Harris, Michelle Wallace, Ishmael Reed, Greg Tate, Manthia Diawara, and dream hampton.

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Editorial Reviews

Employs a variety of media, from critical essays to poetry and photography, to define "soul" and the black American experience. The writers address such topics as the writings of James Baldwin, the media's use of Angela Davis's revolutionary image (discussed by Davis herself), the stigmatization of the "blaxploitation" films of the seventies, and the experience of Black American "soul" culture in such places as Brazil and Tanzania. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814730850
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Monique Guillory is a Mellon Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University.

Richard C. Green is a Ph.D. candidate in teh Department of Performance Studies at New York University.

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Table of Contents

By Way of an Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Black Power 5
Introduction: On Black Power 7
1 It's All in the Timing: The Latest Moves, James Brown's Grooves, and the Seventies Race-Consciousness Movement in Salvador, Bahia-Brazil 9
2 Afro Images: Politics, Fashion, and Nostalgia 23
3 Notes of a Prodigal Son: James Baldwin and the Apostasy of Soul 32
4 Fragmented Souls: Call and Response with Renee Cox 45
5 Wailin' Soul: Reggae's Debt to Black American Music 56
6 Aunt Emma's Zuni Recipe for Soul Transition 75
Pt. 2 Black Politics 87
Introduction: Afrofem Aesthetic Manifested 89
7 From Freedom to Equality: The Politics of Race and Class 95
8 From Sesame Street to Schoolhouse Rock: Urban Pedagogy and Soul Iconography in the 1970s 105
9 A Sexual Revolution: From Punk Rock to Soul 121
10 Soul, Transnationalism, and Imaginings of Revolution: Tanzanian Ujamaa and the Politics of Enjoyment 126
11 Soul's Revival: White Soul, Nostalgia, and the Culturally Constructed Past 139
12 "Soul": A Photo Essay 159
Pt. 3 Black Pleasure 167
Introduction: Black Pleasure - An Oxymoron 169
13 Ethnophysicality, or An Ethnography of Some Body 172
14 Black Bodies Swingin': Race, Gender, and Jazz 191
15 Stoned Soul Picnic: Alvin Ailey and the Struggle to Define Official Black Culture 216
16 The Legend of Soul: Long Live Curtis Mayfield! 227
17 The Stigmatization of "Blaxploitation" 236
18 Question of a "Soulful Style": Interview with Paul Gilroy 250
Pt. 4 Black Conversation 267
19 "Ain't We Still Got Soul?" Roundtable Discussion with Greg Tate, Portia Maultsby, Thulani Davis, Clyde Taylor, and Ishmael Reed 269
20 From This Ivory Tower: Race as a Critical Paradigm in the Academy (A Discussion in Two Acts) 284
Introduction 284
Act One 289
Act Two: Summaries of Roundtable Discussions by Houston A. Baker Jr., and Phillip B. Harper, Trudier Harris, and Tricia Rose 299
Contributors 313
Index 319
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    Critical volume

    An indispensible compendium for those engaged in post-colonial critical race studies.

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