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Appropriating Blackness : Performance and the Politics of Authenticity (03 Edition)

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Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative study examines how 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—avowed and disavowed, attractive and repellent, fixed and malleable. Drawing on performance theory, queer studies, literary analysis, film criticism, and ethnographic fieldwork, Johnson describes how diverse constituencies persistently try to prescribe the boundaries of "authentic" blackness and how performance highlights the futility of such enterprises.

Johnson looks at various sites of performed blackness, including Marlon Riggs’s influential documentary Black Is . . . Black Ain’t and comedic routines by Eddie Murphy, David Alan Grier, and Damon Wayans. He analyzes nationalist writings by Amiri Baraka and Eldridge Cleaver, the vernacular of black gay culture, an oral history of his grandmother’s experience as a domestic worker in the South, gospel music as performed by a white Australian choir, and pedagogy in a performance studies classroom. By exploring the divergent aims and effects of these performances—ranging 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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A consideration of the performance of Blackness and race in general, in relation to sexuality and critiques of authenticity.

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

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ISBN:
9780822331919
Author:
Johnson, E. Patrick
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
E. Patrickjohnson
Author:
Johnson
Author:
Johnson, E. Patrick Patrick
Location:
Durham N.C.
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Authenticity
Subject:
African Americans in popular culture
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African Americans - Intellectual life
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
107-774
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 bandw photos
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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