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Browning, Barbara 1961-

Works: 60 works in 98 publications in 1 language and 2,985 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Music  Television musicals  Filmed musicals  Nonfiction films  Fiction  Academic theses  Musical settings  Juvenile works  History 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Commentator, Performer, Author of introduction
Classifications: GV1637, 306.484
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Most widely held works about Barbara Browning
Most widely held works by Barbara Browning
Samba : resistance in motion by Barbara Browning( Book )

16 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Relying on literary theories, the author discusses the role of dance and the body in Afro-Brazilian secular and sacred practices. Ethnographic study addresses samba academies, candomblé, capoeira, and carnival dances"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58
Infectious rhythm : metaphors of contagion and the spread of African culture by Barbara Browning( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Barbara Browning follows the trail of ""infectious rhythm"" from the ecstatic percussion of a Brazilian carnival group to the eerily silent video image of the LAPD beating a man like a drum. Throughout, she identifies the metaphoric strain of contagion which both celebrates the diasporic spread of African culture, and serves as the justification for its brutal repression. The essays in this book examine both the vital and violent ways in which recent associations have been made between the AIDS pandemic and African diasporic cultural practices, including religious worship, music, dance
Working : a musical by Studs Terkel( Visual )

6 editions published between 1982 and 2000 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book, with songs by Stephen Schwartz and others
The correspondence artist : a novel by Barbara Browning( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Vivian, a writer, is carrying on a relationship with an internationally acclaimed artist. There are those who stand to profit--and suffer--from the revelation of her paramour's identity, so in the service of telling her tale, she creates a series of fictional lovers"--Page 4 of cover
I'm trying to reach you by Barbara Browning( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First Michael Jackson, then Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham ... is someone killing famous dancers? A witty, creative, and seductive mystery
Experiments in exile: C. L. R. James and Helio Oiticica in the United States by Laura Harris( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What happens to the motley crew, that mobile, insurgent and creative social formation, crossing racial, gender and generational lines, that historians Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker identify as a crucial counterforce within the consolidation of capitalism, imperialism and the modern state? This dissertation explores the aesthetic and social experiments undertaken by the Trinidadian writer and political activist, C. L. R. James, and the Brazilian visual artist and counterculturalist, Helio Oiticica, particularly those undertaken while each lived, at different points, undocumented and underground in the United States. It argues that while Linebaugh and Rediker insist the motley crew disappeared in the nineteenth century, James and Oiticica each independently find something like it in the aesthetic sociality of blackness, the popular practices they encountered among the predominantly black residents of the barrack-yards of Port-of-Spain and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro
"My flesh shall live in hope": Power and the Black body moving in sacred space by P. Kimberleigh Jordan( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study of the moving body's essential role in shaping the ways that Black people come to experience and express power in sacred communities
American honeymoon: Free speech, pragmatism, and American performance in the late 20th century by Stephen Nunns( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation takes as its starting point the frequent invocation of First Amendment rights by artists, and how the question of free speech became the centerpiece of national identity during the latter part of 20th century. This notion of freedom of expression is a relatively modern idea---one that is connected to profound shifts in American politics and personhood. Those ideas came to a head during the "Culture Wars" in the 1980s and '90s. Those wars, and the ways they manifested themselves through performance, provide the historical backdrop for this dissertation
The gift by Barbara Browning( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sometimes funny, sometimes catastrophically sad story of performance art, ukuleles, dance, and our attempts and failures to make contact
Hello there, stranger: The performance and politics of intimacy and belonging by Nicole Lyn DeBlosi( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using Performance Studies to read notions of play, witnessing, and newness into Western liberal political philosophy, I examine three case studies of queer intimacy (queer in their challenging stance toward dominant ideas about intimacy): (1) temporary, erotic friendships between persons of "unequal" status; (2) children's unknowable intimacies with their dolls; and (3) humans' connections to animals. Art objects and written works under investigation include: Samuel Delany's Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Neil Bartlett's Ready to Catch Him ... Should He Fall, Shelley and Pamela Jackson's The Doll Games, Joseph Beuys' I Like America and America Likes Me, and the writings of Temple Grandin. In examining these intimacies through Performance Studies, I argue that witnessing intimacies can produce affect in the reader or viewer, and that performances of intimacy can be performative, creating effects in the world. Ultimately, the project asks how we can open ourselves up to the transformative possibilities of unexpected intimacies and let those encounters lead us to new ways of hanging together in political belonging
Choreography from the Outside: Dance Experiments in Thinking, Perception, and Language after 1960 by Megan Vineta Nicely( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation advances a definition of choreography as "future writing" and advocates that the perspective of motion--a condition of ongoing change, multiplicity, and experimentation--casts the dancer as choreographer of new futures written and lived out. By suspending known outcomes, moving bodies exceed themselves and dance is carried forward into new territory. Each chapter advances my theory of choreography as future writing by addressing the affective qualities of certain "postmodern" dance artists' performances and practices. I look closely at the post-60s approaches of Trisha Brown, Deborah Hay, and Akira Kasai, addressing how thinking, perception, and language are deployed to disrupt coherent authorship, producing what Gilles Deleuze calls "bodies of sensation"--Connective and generative processes that intensify the present moment
An Arkansas traveler: Listening to community narratives in the Delta and Ozarks by Jayetta Slawson( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study considers real life "community theatre" as it plays out in conversational storytelling and literary domains in rural Arkansas. This theatre, it is argued, dictates the roles (social norms) expected by actors (members of the community) caught in acts of everyday life. Drawing on performance, folklore, anthropology, and autobiography, the dissertation utilizes a community theatre model to draw attention to gender roles, religious practices, ethnicity, class structures, and to the history of regional folklore studies itself. It is a tale of re-imagining and re-presenting difference in a specified cultural setting. Additionally, it is the writer's tale of a journey home to re-search a community's narratives
Choreographing Chineseness: Global cities and the performance of ethnicity by SanSan Kwan( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the performance of "Chineseness"--What is means to be Chinese--across transnational space through the global circulation of culture. I am interested in the ways in which the idea of Chineseness is both highly contested in different local contexts and, paradoxically, fiercely maintained as a collective consciousness across national borders. Not definable by national boundaries, biological essences, or even shared cultural norms, Chineseness is a mobile yet abiding idea. Using choreography--literally, the writing of movement--I mark the way "being Chinese" acquires shifting layers of meaning in its movement across and through four global cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and New York. My texts are both actual performance--for example, a dance company in Taipei--and the kinesthetic performativity of practices such as political protest in Hong Kong, retail fashion in New York, and urban design in Shanghai. I use dance not only as a subject, but also as a methodology, employing what I call "ethno/choreography": a coming into knowledge of culture through the lived experience of the body in motion through space. The question driving this project is: what are the emergent forms of community, or even subjectivity, made possible through an increasingly transnational imaginary?
I want to be ready : improvised dance as a practice of freedom by Danielle Goldman( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars frequently link improvised dance with the term "freedom," but fail to analyze the social and historical conditions in which dancing inevitably occurs. This dissertation breaks from these works by arguing that improvisation's keenest political power exists not as a "free" mode of creation where one can do whatever one wants, but as an immediate interaction with social, historical, and formalist constraint. One's social position in the world, neither stable nor essential, affects one's ability to move. To claim otherwise is to deny the real conditions that shape daily life, while also denying improvised dance its exquisite political power
Choreographing empires: Aztec performance and colonial discourse by Paul A Scolieri( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines the visual and written representations of Aztec dance in the works of three 16th-century missionaries (Toribio de Motolinia, Diego Duran, and Bernardino de Sahagun) so as to explore the relationship between choreography (the writing of dance) and historiography (the writing of history) in colonial discourse. It argues that the Aztec dancing body was an idealized figure through which the transformation of the Aztec into a Spanish empire could be historiographically represented
Odissi dance: Paratopic performances of gender, state, and nation by Anurima Banerji( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation traces the transformation of Odissi, a South Asian classical dance style, from its historical role as a regional artistic and ritual practice to its modern incarnation as national spectacle, with a focus on the state's regulation of the dance form and performances of gender embedded within it. Using an interdisciplinary approach that brings together social history, political theory, and dance and performance studies, this project explores three key themes: the idea of the state as a choreographic agent; the performance of "extraordinary genders" (those identities and acts that lie outside everyday norms); and the original concept of the "paratopia"--A space of alterity produced by performance - to explore how Odissi challenges dominant cultural imperatives
From performing identity to performing citizenship: The theatres of Zainichi Korean subjectivity by Byung-Eun Min( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With those examinations and discussions, I intend to argue that Korean identity and ethnicity is on the verge of disappearing and that Koreans in Japan should find a way to transform their performance of Japanese identity and Japanese-ness which mainly occurs in the form of passing in order to avoid discrimination into a more positive, and perhaps more aggressive, performance of Japanese cultural citizenship with Zainichi Korean subjectivity. Such a transformation is called for because of the foreseeable danger that Zainichi Korean subjectivity may be annihilated under pressure from constant japanization and assimilation on the one hand, and on the other, weakening (demand for) ethnic education. I argue in conclusion that Zainichi Koreans need to establish hybrid cultural citizenship and Zainichi Korean subjectivity that is neither Korean nor Japanese
Impossible dance: Improvised social dancing as queer worldmaking by Fiona Buckland( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this project, I study how participation in improvised social dance creates, articulates, and expresses queer lifeworlds. By using the term "world-making," I do not refer to the creation of a bordered culture with recognizable laws, populated by homogenous subjects, but rather, I mean a production in the moment of a space of creative, expressive, and transformative possibilities, which remain fluid and moving by means of the dancing body, as it improvises from moment to moment. Research was carried out in queer dance clubs in New York City through participation-observation and interviewing participants. I make connections between sites and practices while employing the different voices of participants to see commonalities
Emancipative bodies: Woman, trauma and a corporeal theory of healing in Jamaican dancehall culture by Beth-Sarah Wright( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation critically examines how dance and the performance of the female body in contemporary Jamaican dancehall culture represent an emancipative process specifically addressing the effects of historical, insidious and personal forms of trauma. It addresses how these extremely explicit dances and carnal fashion actually negotiate and endeavor to heal contemporary effects of political and economic disenfranchisement, personal traumas, as well as persistent traumatic consequences of slavery. Dancehall's various dimensions collectively serve as effective tools in identity formation and social and economic empowerment for a historically alienated sector of society
Impure movement (mundane body techniques in 20th century American choreography) by M. J Thompson( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whereas dance scholars frequently discuss "pedestrian movement" as uniquely democratic and bound to the achievements of Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s, this dissertation analyzes the presence of mundane body techniques in four case studies across 20th century American experimental dance. The use of mundane movement is shown to be a continuing strategy for choreographers mobilized by a political urgency whose specifics are to be conveyed via the ordinary move's relationship to realism, kinetic memory, and language
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Infectious rhythm : metaphors of contagion and the spread of African culture
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Barbara Browning Professor, Cultural Critic, Novelist, Performer

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