Appropriating Blackness-PB

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Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative study examines the various ways that blackness is appropriated and performed—toward widely divergent ends—both within and outside African American culture. Appropriating Blackness develops from the contention that blackness in the United States is necessarily a politicized identity trope—avowed and disavowed, attractive and repellant, fixed and malleable. Drawing on performance theory, queer studies, literary analysis, film criticism, and ethnographic fieldwork, he describes how diverse constituencies persistently try to prescribe the boundaries of "authentic" blackness and how performance highlights the futility of such enterprises.Considering how the politics of authentic identity are appropriated, Johnson looks at six specific sites of performed blackness: Marlon Riggs’s influential documentary Black Is . . . Black Ain’t; nationalist writings by Amiri Baraka and Eldridge Cleaver and comedic routines by Eddie Murphy, David Alan Grier, and Damon Wayans; the vernacular of black gay culture; an oral history of a domestic worker in the South; gospel music as performed by a white Australian choir; and students in a performance studies classroom. By exploring the divergent aims and effects of these performances—which range from resisting racism, sexism, and homophobia to excluding sexual dissidents from the black community—Johnson deftly analyzes the multiple significations of blackness and their myriad political implications. His reflexive account considers his own complicity, as ethnographer and teacher, in authenticating narratives of blackness.
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ISBN-13: 9780822331919
ISBN-10: 0822331918
Pagini: 384
Ilustrații: 16 b&w photographs
Dimensiuni: 152 x 231 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Duke University Press


"a welcome addition to the field." The Lambda Book Report“Johnson adds some heretofore unheard of twists to the continuing saga of this most important black intellectual thought. . . . [A] welcome addition to the field.—Toni Lester, Lambda Book Report“Johnson's first book . . . is an accomplished and original study that deftly traverses both the mythology of, and networks of power that remain embedded within, America's deep racial segregation. . . . [I]t is obvious that he seems destined to join Cornell West as a leading authority on race, not to mention performance studies and queer theory both in the United States and abroad.”— James Tierney, M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture"Appropriating Blackness marks a daring intervention in performance studies and African American studies. Its critical and ethical concerns will resonate for those working in numerous other fields, such as cultural anthropology; philosophy; critical ethnicity and race studies; gay, lesbian and queer studies; pedagogy studies; and music."— Antonio Viego, GLQ“Appropriating Blackness offers an illuminating and compelling example of a critical politics of performing race. It decisively intervenes in disciplinary dialogues to rethink performance theory through the praxis of blackness, and to rethink black theory through performance. . . . Appropriating Blackness is one of the most significant studies to emerge in performance studies. It is a book we will need, a book we will use, and a book that marks our best disciplinary work.”—Kristin M. Langellier, Text and Performance Quarterly

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E. Patrick Johnson is a performance artist and Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

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""Appropriating Blackness" is a wonderful study that makes important and timely contributions across many fields. E. Patrick Johnson is a skilled reader of texts and offers useful introductions to complex theories of race, sexuality, and culture."--David Roman, author of" Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, and AIDS"