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Few will dispute the profound influence that African American music and movement has had in American and world culture. Dancing Many Drums explores that influence through a groundbreaking collection of essays on African American dance history, theory, and practice. In so doing, it reevaluates "black" and "African American " as both racial and dance categories. Abundantly illustrated, the volume includes images of a wide variety of dance forms and performers, from ring shouts, vaudeville, and social dances to professional dance companies and Hollywood movie dancing.

Bringing together issues of race, gender, politics, history, and dance, Dancing Many Drums ranges widely, including discussions of dance instruction songs, the blues aesthetic, and Katherine Dunham’s controversial ballet about lynching, Southland. In addition, there are two photo essays: the first on African dance in New York by noted dance photographer Mansa Mussa, and another on the 1934 "African opera," Kykunkor, or the Witch Woman.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. African American Dance: A Complex History
  2. pp. 3-35
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  1. Part 1. Theory
  1. 1. Christian Conversion and the Challenge of Dance
  2. pp. 39-58
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  1. 2. Dance and Identity Politics in American Negro Vaudeville: The Whitman Sisters, 1900–1935
  2. pp. 59-79
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  1. 3. Awkward Moves: Dance Lessons from the 1940s
  2. pp. 81-103
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  1. 4. (Up)Staging the Primitive: Pearl Primus and ‘‘the Negro Problem’’ in American Dance
  2. pp. 105-139
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  1. Part 2. Practice
  1. 5. African Dance in New York City [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 143-153
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  1. 6. From ‘‘Messin’ Around’’ to ‘‘FunkyWestern Civilization’’: The Rise and Fall of Dance Instruction Songs
  2. pp. 169-203
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  1. 7. ‘‘Moves on Top of Blues’’: Dianne McIntyre’s Blues Aesthetic
  2. pp. 205-229
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  1. Part 3. History
  1. 8. Kykunkor, or the Witch Woman: An African Opera in America, 1934 [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 233-252
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  1. 9. Between Two Eras: ‘‘Norton and Margot’’ in the Afro-American Entertainment World
  2. pp. 267-287
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  1. 10. Katherine Dunham’s Southland: Protest in the Face of Repression
  2. pp. 289-316
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  1. 11. The New York Negro Ballet in Great Britain
  2. pp. 317-339
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 343-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-366
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299173135
Related ISBN
9780299173142
MARC Record
OCLC
868195331
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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