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Title The Black female body in American literature and art : performing identity / Caroline A. Brown.
Author Brown, Caroline A., 1967-
Publication New York : Routledge, 2012.
Description xvi, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Call # 305.48896 B
Series Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature ; 5
Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature ; 5.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-272) and index.
Contents Introduction: Gaps and contradictions--righting the black body in the white text -- The poetics of late capitalism and the black cultural imaginary: revising modernity's archive through postmodern praxis -- A complicated anger: the performative body as postmodern bricolage -- The haunted echo and the riddle of the word: the black musical tradition as the renegotiation of identity in Lorna Simpson, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison -- When the circle has been broken and no words can heal the pain: possession-performance as ritual mourning in Carrie Mae Weems, Paule Marshall, and Edwidge Danticat -- The silenced tongue, a rebellious art: the body as tableau in Betye Saar, Gloria Naylor, and Martha Southgate -- The scopic and the scene: the aesthetics of spectatorship and destabilization of the racial gaze in Kara Walker, Andrea Lee, and Jamaica Kincaid -- Conclusion: Reclaiming history through postmodern performance--Faith Ringgold's Pastiche.
Summary "This book examines how African-American writers and visual artists interweave icon and inscription in order to re-present the black female body, traditionally rendered alien and inarticulate within Western discursive and visual systems. Brown considers how the writings of Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, Paule Marshall, Edwidge Danticat, Jamaica Kincaid, Andrea Lee, Gloria Naylor, and Martha Southgate are bound to such contemporary, postmodern visual artists as Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, Betye Saar, and Faith Ringgold. While the artists and authors rely on radically different media--photos, collage, video, and assembled objects, as opposed to words and rhythm--both sets of intellectual activists insist on the primacy of the black aesthetic. Both assert artistic agency and cultural continuity in the face of the oppression, social transformation, and cultural multiplicity of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This book examines how African-American performative practices mediate the tension between the ostensibly de-racialized body politic and the hyper-racialized black, female body, reimagining the cultural and political ground that guides various articulations of American national belonging. Brown shows how and why black women writers and artists matter as agents of change, how and why the form and content of their works must be recognized and reconsidered in the increasingly frenzied arena of cultural production and political debate."--Provided by publisher.
Subject American fiction -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
African American women novelists -- 20th century -- Aesthetics.
Art and literature -- United States.
American fiction -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807049
American fiction -- Women authors. (OCoLC)fst00807099
Art and literature. (OCoLC)fst00815400
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 9780415895507 (hardback)
0415895502 (hardback)

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