Understanding Blackness through Performance

Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity

Editors: Cremieux, A., Lemoine, X., Rocchi, J. (Eds.)

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How does the performance of blackness reframe issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality? Here, the contributors look into representational practices in film, literature, fashion, and theatre and explore how they have fleshed out political struggles, while recognizing that they have sometimes maintained the mechanisms of violence against blacks.

About the authors

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

Reviews

"I applaud the authors for theorizing black performance and embodiment away from the centrality of the written texts, specifically traditional literary texts. It is highly significant in that it moves the discipline forward in both its approach and structure." - Myron M. Beasley, PhD, Associate Professor, American Cultural Studies and African American Studies, Bates College, USA

"This provocative collection brings together a creative community of scholars, artists, artist-scholars, and more to probe, reconfigure, and challenge the underlying presuppositions of blackness premised on fixedness and the erasure of agency. Always critical and reflective, it offers theoretical considerations, matched by ample historical and contemporary evidence, of the implications of what is involved in performing an identity, especially in cases where one is already enmeshed, whether socially or corporeally, in it. Art, in this case, goes beyond the world of fetish and voyeur into the realm of interrelatedness. A must-read not only for those of us interested in African Diasporic studies and the formation of identity but also for anyone interested in the relationship of performance to the poetics of what it means 'to be' as a form of 'not to be', paradoxically, through the zone of nonbeing." - Lewis R. Gordon, University of Connecticut, USA; Europhilosophy Visiting Professor, Toulouse University, France; and Nelson Mandela Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa

"Understanding Blackness through Performance illuminates the field of black performance scholarship by focusing an international lens on ethnic cultural phenonmena." Anita Gonzales, Theatre Study


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rocchi, Jean-Paul (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Each Taking Risk, Performing Self: Theorizing (Dis) Narratives

    Beasley, Myron

    Pages 25-40

  • Transformative Womanist Rhetorical Strategies: Contextualizing Discourse and the Performance of Black Bodies of Desire

    Taylor, Toniesha L.

    Pages 41-55

  • “Is Anybody Walkin’?”: The Black Body on the Runway as a Performance of the Politics of Desire

    Baldwin, Gayle

    Pages 57-71

  • Transgressive (Re)presentations: Black Women, Vaudeville, and the Politics of Performance in Early Transatlantic Theater

    Adair, Zakiya R.

    Pages 75-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Blackness through Performance
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity
Editors
  • A. Cremieux
  • X. Lemoine
  • J. Rocchi
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31380-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137313805
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32507-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 282
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