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1st Edition

Performing Blackness
Enactments of African-American Modernism

ISBN 9780415009492
Published August 8, 2000 by Routledge
404 Pages

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Book Description

Performing Blackness offers a challenging interpretation of black cultural expression since the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. Exploring drama, music, poetry, sermons, and criticism, Benston offers an exciting meditation on modern black performance's role in realising African-American aspirations for autonomy and authority.
Artists covered include:
* John Coltrane
* Ntozake Shange
* Ed Bullins
* Amiri Baraka
* Adrienne Kennedy
* Michael Harper.
Performing Blackness is an exciting contribution to the ongoing debate about the vitality and importance of black culture.



Kimberley Benston is Kenan Professor of English at Haverford College. He is the author of Baraka: The Renegade and the Mask and editor of Speaking of You: The Vision of Ralph Ellison.