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

Abstract : How does the performance of blackness reframe issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality? Resistance and redeployment strategies inform the world of black theatre, performance, and theory, generating a multiplicity of positions from an intersectional perspective. Here, the contributors look into representational practices in film, music, literature, sculpture, video, vaudeville, 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. These practices have opened up new territories that require scrutiny today. Contents : - Introduction. Black Beings, Black Embodyings: Notes on Contemporary Artistic Performances and their Cultural Interpretations Jean-Paul Rocchi (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France) with Anne Crémieux (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre, France) and Xavier Lemoine (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France) Part I. Black Being, Black Embodying: the Power of Auto-ethnography - Each Taking Risk, Performing Self: Theorizing (Dis)Narratives Myron Beasley (Bates College, USA) - Transformative Womanist Rhetorical Strategies: Contextualizing Discourse and the Performance of Black Bodies of Desire Toniesha L. Taylor (Communication Prairie View A & M University, USA) - “Is Anybody Walkin’?”: the Black Body on the Runway as a Performance of the Politics of Desire Gayle Baldwin (University of North Dakota, USA) Part II. Shattered Frames and the Onlooker: Strategies and Significations - Transgressive (Re)presentations: Black Women, Vaudeville and the Politics of Performance in Early Trans-Atlantic Theatre Zakiya R. Adair (University of Missouri, USA) - Kara Walker’s War on Racism: Mining (Mis)Representations of Blackness Vanina Géré (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, France) - Between Mumblecore and Post-Black Aesthetics: Barry Jenkins’s Medicine for Melancholy Simon Dickel (Ruhr-University, Germany) - From Book to Film: Desire in Precious (Lee Daniels, 2009), adapted from Push by Sapphire (1995) Anne Crémieux (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre, France) Part III. Through Performance: Desire and the Black Subject - Black Queer Studies, Freedom and Other Human Possibilities Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto, Canada) - About Face, or, What Is This “Back” in B(l)ack Popular Culture?: From Venus Hottentot to Video Hottie Mae G. Henderson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA) - Margin Me: Intentional Marginality in the Queered Borderlands of Hiphop Stephany Spaulding (University of Colorado, USA) Part IV. Shifting Paradigms of Identities - Sculpting Black Queer Bodies and Desires: The Case of Richmond Barthé James Smalls (University of Maryland, USA) - 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 (City University of New York, USA) - Embodying Hybridity: Anna Deavere Smith’s Identity Cross-Overs Xavier Lemoine (Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, France)
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Jean-Paul Rocchi, Anne Crémieux, Xavier Lemoine. Understanding Blackness through Performance: Contemporary Arts and the Representation of Identity. United States. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, ISBN-10: 1137325070 | ISBN-13: 978-1137325075. ⟨hal-01576266⟩



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