Afro-Nostalgia : feeling good in contemporary black culture (Book, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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Afro-Nostalgia : feeling good in contemporary black culture

Author: Badia Ahad-Legardy
Publisher: Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, 2021 ©2021
Series: New Black studies series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As early as the eighteenth century, white Americans and Europeans believed that people of African descent could not experience nostalgia. As a result, black lives have been predominately narrated through historical scenes of slavery and oppression. This phenomenon created a missing archive of romantic historical memories. Badia Ahad-Legardy mines literature, visual culture, performance, and culinary arts to form an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Badia Ahad-Legardy
ISBN: 0252085663 9780252085666 9780252043666 0252043669
OCLC Number: 1196242492
Description: xii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Ten thousand recollections: Afro-nostalgia and contemporary Black aesthetics --
(Nostalgic) retribution: the power of the petty in contemporary narratives of slavery --
(Nostalgic) restoration: Utopian pasts and political futures in the music of Black Lives Matter --
(Nostalgic) regeneration: absent archives and historical pleasures in contemporary Black visual culture --
(Nostalgic) reclamation: recipes for radicalism and the politics of soul(food) --
Postscript: a future for Black nostalgia.
Series Title: New Black studies series.
Responsibility: Badia Ahad-Legardy.

Abstract:

"As early as the eighteenth century, white Americans and Europeans believed that people of African descent could not experience nostalgia. As a result, black lives have been predominately narrated through historical scenes of slavery and oppression. This phenomenon created a missing archive of romantic historical memories. Badia Ahad-Legardy mines literature, visual culture, performance, and culinary arts to form an archive of black historical joy for use by the African-descended. Her analysis reveals how contemporary black artists find more than trauma and subjugation within the historical past. Drawing on contemporary African American culture and recent psychological studies, she reveals nostalgia's capacity to produce positive emotions. Afro-nostalgia emerges as an expression of black romantic recollection that creates and inspires good feelings even within our darkest moments. Original and provocative, Afro-Nostalgia offers black historical pleasure as a remedy to contend with the disillusionment of the present and the traumas of the past." --

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"Part Afrofuturistic, part academic, this book will make you rethink how you understand Black history and storytelling." --BookRiot "Essential." --Ms. Magazine "Author Badia Ahad-Legardy finds unique Read more...

 
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