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Understanding Blackness through Performance: Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity

Understanding Blackness through Performance: Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity

by Anne Cremieux, X. Lemoine, J. Rocchi


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ISBN-13: 9781349459155
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Edition description: 1st ed. 2013
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Zakiya R. Adair, University of Missouri, USA
Gayle Baldwin, University of North Dakota, USA
Myron M. Beasley, Bates College, USA
Simon Dickel, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Vanina Géré, University Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France
Mae G. Henderson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Kristin Leigh Moriah, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
James Smalls, University of Maryland, USA
Stephany Spaulding, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA
Toniesha L. Taylor, Prairie View A & M University, USA
Rinaldo Walcott, University of Toronto, Canada

Table of Contents

Introduction. Black Beings, Black Embodyings: Notes on Contemporary Artistic Performances and their Cultural Interpretations; Jean-Paul Rocchi, Anne Crémieux, and Xavier Lemoine PART I: BLACK BEING, BLACK EMBODYING: THE POWER OF AUTO-ETHNOGRAPHY 1. Each Taking Risk, Performing Self: Theorizing (Dis)Narratives; Myron Beasley 2. Transformative Womanist Rhetorical Strategies: Contextualizing Discourse and the Performance of Black Bodies of Desire; Toniesha L. Taylor 3. 'Is Anybody Walkin'?': the Black Body on the Runway as a Performance of the Politics of Desire; Gayle Baldwin PART II: SHATTERED FRAMES AND THE ONLOOKER: STRATEGIES AND SIGNIFICATIONS 4. Transgressive (Re)presentations: Black Women, Vaudeville and the Politics of Performance in Early Trans-Atlantic Theatre; Zakiya R. Adair 5. Kara Walker's War on Racism: Mining (Mis)Representations of Blackness; Vanina Géré 6. Between Mumblecore and Post-Black Aesthetics: Barry Jenkins's Medicine for Melancholy; Simon Dickel 7. From Book to Film: Desire in Precious (Lee Daniels, 2009), adapted from Push by Sapphire (1995); Anne Crémieux PART III: THROUGH PERFORMANCE: DESIRE AND THE BLACK SUBJECT 8. Black Queer Studies, Freedom and Other Human Possibilities; Rinaldo Walcott 9. About Face, or, What Is This 'Back' in B(l)ack Popular Culture?: From Venus Hottentot to Video Hottie; Mae G. Henderson 10. Margin Me: Intentional Marginality in the Queered Borderlands of Hiphop; Stephany Spaulding PART IV: SHIFTING PARADIGMS OF IDENTITIES 11. Sculpting Black Queer Bodies and Desires: The Case of Richmond Barthé; James Smalls 12. I Am Not a Race Man: Racial Uplift and the Post-Black Aesthetic in Percival Everett's I Am Not Sidney Poitier; Kristin Leigh Moriah 13. Embodying Hybridity: Anna Deavere Smith's Identity Cross-Overs; Xavier Lemoine

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