Embodying Black Experience Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body

ISBN-10: 0472051113
ISBN-13: 9780472051113
Edition: 2010
Authors: Harvey Young
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Description: Embodying Black Experienceis an interdisciplinary work of cultural history and theory that looks at present-day effects of past experiences of the black body through the performances of various artists and athletes, including boxer Muhammad Ali,  More...

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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Embodying Black Experienceis an interdisciplinary work of cultural history and theory that looks at present-day effects of past experiences of the black body through the performances of various artists and athletes, including boxer Muhammad Ali, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and choreographer Bill T. Jones, as well as artists and photographers. Harvey Young does close readings of these performances and offers what he calls a "third space between racial essentialism and racial pluralism" by engaging with a number of critical and theoretical debates, expanding on the writings of Stuart Hall, Henry Louis Gates, and Homi Bhabha. In so doing, he also challenges the work of Paul Gilroy, while incorporating the theories of Fanon, Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, and Bourdieu.The people profiled stand up and stand tall as they employ performance (including the performance of stillness) to challenge racializing projections: Ali uses it to refuse induction into the U.S. Army. Robbie McCauley stages it with the aim of reactivating the memories of her great-great-grandparents. James Cameron uses the still photographs of previous lynching campaigns and a souvenir from his own near-lynching to establish an archive of the horrors of U.S. racial violence.Harvey Young is Assistant Professor of Theatre, Performance Studies, and Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.

RAM�N RIVERA-SERVERAnbsp;Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, UK. He is currently completing his book manuscript, Performing Latinidad: Queer Sexualities and Global Imaginaries. His essays on Latina/o Performance have appeared in Modern Drama , Text and Performance Quarterly , Ollantay Theatre Magazine , and Trans: The Journal of the Spanish Society of Ethnomusicology . nbsp; HARVEY YOUNG Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama program at Northwestern University, UK. He is the author of Embodying Black Experience: Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body .

The Black Body
Still Standing: Daguerreotypes, Photography, and the Black Body
Between the Ropes: Staging the Black Body in American Boxing
Touching History: Staging Black Experience
Housing the Memory of Racial Violence: The Black Body as Souvenir, Museum, and Living Remain
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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