Embodying Black Experience
Stillness, Critical Memory, and the Black Body
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Michigan Press
Series: Theater: Theory/Text/Performance
1. The Black Body
Writing in the 1950s, Frantz Fanon offers a compelling postcolonial critique of the negative effects of white European imperialism on the societal and self-perception of the black body. To him, the epidermalization of blackness, the inscription of meaning onto skin color, is something from which black ...
2. Still Standing: Daguerreotypes, Photography, and the Black Body
In March 1850, seven black individuals, who dwelled in Columbia, South Carolina, were brought to the portrait studio of daguerreotypist Joseph T. Zealy. Like so many of Zealy's other clients, Alfred, Delia, Drana, Fassena, Jack, Jem, and Renty were to have their pictures taken...
3. Between the Ropes: Staging the Black Body in American Boxing
On April Fool's Day, 1967, undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali received a letter from President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Opening the envelope, Ali was greeted with the following words printed in capital letters across the top of the correspondence: ORDER FOR TRANSFERRED MAN TO REPORT FOR INDUCTION. Ali had been drafted. Four weeks ...
4. Touching History: Staging Black Experience
The cover of the Theatre Communication Group's (TCG) edition of Suzan- Lori Parks's play Venus features a silhouette of Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who gained European celebrity status as the "Hottentot Venus" in the early nineteenth century.1 Her ample backside, a condition ...
5. Housing the Memory of Racial Violence: The Black Body as a Souvenir, Museum, and Living Remain
On 2 April 1899, approximately two thousand white men, women, and children participated, as both witnesses and active agents, in the murder of Sam Hose in Newman, Georgia. Sam Hose was burned alive. In the final moments of his life, the assembled crowd descended upon his body and collected various parts of it as souvenirs. The Springfield (Massachusetts)...
In January 2009, psychologists at York University (Canada), the University of British Columbia, and Yale University published the results of a study that "examine[d] why acts of blatant racism against blacks still occur with alarming regularity."1 After staging a "racist incident" in which a white actor calls a ...
Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 16 B&W photographs
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Theater: Theory/Text/Performance
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