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By E. Patrick Johnson

Performance artist and pupil E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative examine examines how blackness is appropriated and performed—toward extensively divergent ends—both inside of and outdoors African American tradition. Appropriating Blackness develops from the rivalry that blackness within the usa is inevitably a politicized identity—avowed and disavowed, beautiful and repellent, fastened and malleable. Drawing on functionality conception, queer experiences, literary research, movie feedback, and ethnographic fieldwork, Johnson describes how assorted constituencies over and over attempt to prescribe the bounds of "authentic" blackness and the way functionality highlights the futility of such enterprises.

Johnson appears at numerous websites of played blackness, together with Marlon Riggs’s influential documentary Black Is . . . Black Ain’t and comedic exercises by means of Eddie Murphy, David Alan Grier, and Damon Wayans. He analyzes nationalist writings via Amiri Baraka and Eldridge Cleaver, the vernacular of black homosexual tradition, an oral heritage of his grandmother’s adventure as a household employee within the South, gospel tune as played by means of a white Australian choir, and pedagogy in a functionality reports lecture room. by means of exploring the divergent goals and results of those performances—ranging from resisting racism, sexism, and homophobia to except for sexual dissidents from the black community—Johnson deftly analyzes the a number of significations of blackness and their myriad political implications. His reflexive account considers his personal complicity, as ethnographer and instructor, in authenticating narratives of blackness.

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