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Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham : dances in literature and cinema

Author: Hannah Durkin
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This project examines the writings and international film careers of Josephine Baker (1906-1975) and Katherine Dunham (1909-2006), the two most critically and commercially successful Black women dancers of the twentieth century. Drawing on previously unexamined films and texts, Hannah Durkin maps the intellectual underpinnings and visual impact of their art. By examining the narratives and dance of Baker and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Durkin, Hannah.
Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham.
[Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2019
(DLC) 2019002879
Named Person: Josephine Baker; Katherine Dunham; Josephine Baker; Katherine Dunham
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hannah Durkin
ISBN: 0252051467 9780252051463
OCLC Number: 1098220088
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 256 pages)
Contents: The dancer in translation : Baker's coauthored narratives --
The dancer as translator : Dunham's ethnographic memoirs --
Performing within primitivism : Baker on the French silent screen --
Cinematic stardom : Baker and the 1930s French musical film --
Cinematic segregation : Dunham in World War II Hollywood --
Navigating primitivism's persistent gaze : Dunham in postwar European cinema.
Responsibility: Hannah Durkin.

Abstract:

"This project examines the writings and international film careers of Josephine Baker (1906-1975) and Katherine Dunham (1909-2006), the two most critically and commercially successful Black women dancers of the twentieth century. Drawing on previously unexamined films and texts, Hannah Durkin maps the intellectual underpinnings and visual impact of their art. By examining the narratives and dance of Baker and Hunham, Durkin is able to shed new light on the ways in which the dancers were received on both sides of the Atlantic and how they engaged personally with dominant critical interpretations of Black performance as crude and innate. The project uncovers their self-reflexive narrative strategies and provides evidence for their path-breaking interventions in cinema as stars and choreographers who believed that they could use film to contest racist frameworks and imagine new aesthetic possibilities for Black women. By analyzing the methods by which these two artists mediated popular constructions of Black women's identities, the investigation interrogates widely held conceptions of authorship and artistic hierarchies. It provides insights into intercultural identity formations by positioning Black women's bodily performances as sites on which historical struggles over cultural meanings have been played out and contested. Finally, by tracing connections between Baker and Dunham's performances and their lifelong fights against racial injustice, Durkin recovers Baker and Durham as key figures in the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements and exposes the transatlantic struggles regarding control over cultural embodiments of Black women in a pre-Civil Rights era"--

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