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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 Press, [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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gaines, Malik.
Black performance on the outskirts of the left.
New York : New York University Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017003882
(OCoLC)961160674
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Malik Gaines
ISBN: 9781479822607 1479822604
OCLC Number: 994710126
Description: 1 online resource (x, 233 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Legacy of Radical Differences; 1. Nina Simone's Quadruple Consciousness; 2. Efua Sutherland, Ama Ata Aidoo, the State, and the Stage; 3. The Radical Ambivalence of Günther Kaufmann; 4. The Cockettes, Sylvester, and Performance as Life; Afterword: A History of Impossible Progress; Notes; Bibliography; Index; About the Author.
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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