1st Edition

Performing Ethnicity, Performing Gender Transcultural Perspectives

Edited By Bettina Hofmann, Monika Mueller Copyright 2017
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Performance and performativity are important terms for a theorization of gender and race/ethnicity as constitutive of identity. This collection reflects the ubiquity, diversity, and (historical) locatedness of ethnicity and gender by presenting contributions by an array of international scholars who focus on the representation of these crucial categories of identity across various media, including literature, film, documentary, and (music) video performance. The first section, "Political Agency," stresses instances where the performance of ethnicity/gender ultimately aims at a liberating effect leading to more autonomy. The second section, "Diasporic Belonging," explores the different kinds of negotiations of ethnic performances in multi-ethnic contexts. The third part, "Performances of Ethnicity and Gender" scrutinizes instances of the combined performance of ethnicity and gender in novels, films, and musical performances. The last section "Cross-Ethnic Traffic" contains a number of contributions that are concerned with attempts at crossing over from "one ethnicity into another" by way of performance.

    Introduction (Monika Mueller and Bettina Hofmann)

    Part 1: Political Agency

    1. Old Print Media, Radical Ideas and Vernacular Performance in the Life and Work of Robert Wedderburn and Henry Box Brown (Alan Rice)

    2. Speaking Up, Speaking Out: Performing Migrant Identity in Two Italian African Memoirs (William Boelhower)

    3. Recovering Queequeq’s Body: Performing Alterna(rra)tives in the Borderlands (Astrid Fellner)

    4. Limning the Limit or Notes toward an Outline of Activist Performance at the Limit (Samir Dayal)

    Part 2: Diasporic Belonging

    5. Performing Ethno-Cultural Identity in Réka Pigniczky’s Autobiographical Documentary Incubator (Mónika Fodor)

    6. Diasporic Bollywood: Fusionist Practices and Gender Performativity in Deepa Mehta’s Bollywood/Hollywood (Pin-Chia Feng)

    7. Asian American Family Memoirs and the Performance of Identity and Readership in Transcultural Societies (Rocio Davis)

    Part 3: Performances of Ethnicity and Gender

    8. Gallo-Gallina: Gender Performance and the Androgynous Imagination in Elena Poniatowska’s Hasta no verte Jesús mío (Carmen Serrano)

    9. Performing Identity as a Challenge to Heteronormativity: Public and Private Spaces in R. Raj Rao’s The Boyfriend (Wolfgang Holtkamp)

    10. Performing Butterfly: Medial Constructions of Ethnic Identity (Angelika Koehler)

    Part 4: Cross-Ethnic Traffic

    11. Asian American Literature and Literary Theory: Onoto Watanna’s Panethnic Impersonation in Miss Numé of Japan (Iping Liang)

    12. Performing Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community in Michael Bond’s Paddington Here and Now and Don’t Eat the Neighbours (Jopi Nyman)

    13. The Performance of Ethnicity in Bollywood-Style Music Videos by Cornershop and by Ramesh B. Weeratunga (Monika Mueller)

    14. Performing Poetry: Langston Hughes, "I, too


    Bettina Hofmann is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of Wuppertal, Germany

    Monika Mueller is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Bochum, Germany