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Imperial Blues: Geographies of Race and Sex in Jazz Age New York

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In this pathbreaking study, Fiona I. B. Ngô examines how geographies of U.S. empire were perceived and enacted during the 1920s and 1930s. Focusing on New York during the height of the Harlem Renaissance, Ngô traces the city's multiple circuits of jazz music and culture. In considering this cosmopolitan milieu, where immigrants from the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan, and China crossed paths with blacks and white "slummers" in dancehalls and speakeasies, she investigates imperialism's profound impact on racial, gendered, and sexual formations. As nightclubs overflowed with the sights and sounds of distant continents, tropical islands, and exotic bodies, tropes of empire provided both artistic possibilities and policing rationales. These renderings naturalized empire and justified expansion, while establishing transnational modes of social control within and outside the imperial city. Ultimately, Ngô argues that domestic structures of race and sex during the 1920s and 1930s cannot be understood apart from the imperial ambitions of the United States.

 

Synopsis:

Focusing on the representations of distant lands and exotic bodies that filled the nightclubs of Jazz Age New York, Fiona I. B. Ngô shows how U.S. ambitions abroad shaped racial, gendered, and sexual formations at home.

About the Author

Fiona I. B. Ngô is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822355243
Author:
Ngo, Fiona I. B.
Publisher:
Duke University Press
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Subject:
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Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 photographs
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General

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