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Black performance on the outskirts of the left : a history of the impossible

Author: Malik Gaines
Publisher: New York : New York University, [2017] ©2017
Series: Sexual cultures.
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This book illustrates the black political ideas that radicalized the artistic endeavors of musicians, playwrights, and actors beginning in the 1960s. These ideas paved the way for imaginative models for social transformation through performance. Using the notion of excess -- its transgression, multiplicity, and ambivalence -- Malik Gaines considers how performances of that era circulated a black political discourse  Read more...
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Gaines, Malik.
Black performance on the outskirts of the left.
New York : New York University, 2017
(OCoLC)993672013
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Malik Gaines
ISBN: 9781479837038 1479837032 9781479804306 1479804304
OCLC Number: 961160674
Description: x, 233 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : a legacy of radical differences --
Nina Simone's quadruple consciousness --
Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo, the state, and the stage --
The radical ambivalence of Günther Kaufmann --
The Cockettes, Sylvester, and performance as life --
Afterword : a history of impossible progress.
Series Title: Sexual cultures.
Responsibility: Malik Gaines.

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This book illustrates the black political ideas that radicalized the artistic endeavors of musicians, playwrights, and actors beginning in the 1960s. These ideas paved the way for imaginative models for social transformation through performance. Using the notion of excess -- its transgression, multiplicity, and ambivalence -- Malik Gaines considers how performances of that era circulated a black political discourse capable of unsettling commonplace understandings of race, gender, and sexuality. Following the transnational route forged by W.E.B. Du Bois, Josephine Baker, and other modern political actors, from the United States to West Africa, Europe and back, this book considers how artists negotiated at once the local, national, and diasporic frames through which race has been represented. Looking broadly at performances found in music, theater, film, and everyday life from American singer and pianist Nina Simone, Ghanaian playwrights Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo, Afro-German actor Gunther Kaufmann, to California-based performer Sylvester Gaines explores how shared signs of racial legacy and resistance politics are articulated with regional distinction. Bringing the lens forward through contemporary art performance at the 2015 Venice Biennial, Gaines connects the idea of sixties radicality to today's interest in that history, explores the aspects of those politics that are lost in translation, and highlights the black expressive strategies that have maintained potent energy.

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