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Volume 45, Number 3, Fall 2012

Table of Contents

Special Issue: On Black Performance

Guest Editor: Soyica Colbert

Introduction: On Black Performance

pp. 275-276

Aria for Ethiopia: The Operatic Aesthetic of Pauline Hopkins’s Of One Blood

pp. 277-290

The Science of Freedom: Counterarchives of Racial Science on the Antebellum Stage

pp. 291-308

“Spectacular Opacities”: The Hyers Sisters’ Performances of Respectability and Resistance

pp. 309-323

A New Kind of Black Soldier: Performing Revolution in The Spook Who Sat by the Door

pp. 325-339

Utopian Movements: Nikki Giovanni and the Convocation Following the Virginia Tech Massacre

pp. 341-353

“Fasten Your Shackles”: Remembering Slavery and Laughing about It in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum

pp. 355-369

“The People Inside My Head, Too”: Madness, Black Womanhood, and the Radical Performance of Lauryn Hill

pp. 371-389

“Sound of Kuduro knocking at my door”: Kuduro Dance and the Poetics of Debility

pp. 391-402

She Wears the Masks: Bluefacing in Nilaja Sun’s Black and Blue and La Nubia Latina

pp. 403-418

The Case of Rihanna: Erotic Violence and Black Female Desire

pp. 419-435

Poetry & Fiction

William Brewster at Niskeyuna, 1778, and: Mother’s Abduction, and: Anna Middleton, 1786-1861, and: Dinah the African, and: My Daddy General Montgomery, and: The Black Family

pp. 437-440

Come and Find Me, and: Carriage House on John Street, Providence, RI

pp. 441-442

What We Say to the Water

p. 443

Dry Spell, and: Home Song, and: Stand-In for a Shooting Star

pp. 444-445

This Murdered Earth, and: Haiku

p. 446

Amputation, and: Cauchemar

pp. 447-448

Conversation: Tree & Cotton, and: Vapor, and: I Ararat (First Ararat)

pp. 449-451

Mrs. Watson

pp. 453-458

Book Reviews

In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939 by Minkah Makalani, and: Black Internationalist Feminism: Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995 by Cheryl Higashida (review)

pp. 459-463

Toni Morrison’s A Mercy: Critical Approaches ed. by Shirley A. Stave and Justine Tally (review)

pp. 463-466

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (review)

pp. 466-468

Race, Trauma, and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison by Evelyn Jaffe Schreiber (review)

pp. 469-470

In Search of Asylum: The Later Writings of Eric Walrond ed. by Louis J. Parascandola and Carl A. Wade (review)

pp. 470-472

A Hairdresser’s Experience in High Life by Eliza Potter, and: Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: Three African American Women’s Oral Slave Narratives ed. by DoVeanna S. Fulton Minor and Reginald H. Pitts (review)

pp. 472-476

The Cambridge Companion to Malcolm X ed. by Robert E. Terrill (review)

pp. 476-478

Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle by Leigh Raiford (review)

pp. 479-480

Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body by Cassandra Jackson (review)

pp. 480-485

Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions by Kimberly N. Ruffin (review)

pp. 485-487

Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership by Erica R. Edwards (review)

pp. 487-488

To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death by Suzanne E. Smith (review)

pp. 489-490

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment ed. by Richard Carlin and Kinshasha Holman Conwill (review)

pp. 490-491


pp. 493-494