AMST 3709 Performing Blackness

3 hours; 3 credits

Inventing identity through black performance. The appropriation and performance of race towards widely divergent ends within and outside of African American culture. Self empowerment through racial stereotyping. Performance as a principal medium of cross cultural imagination and self definition. The ?subject? in opposition to the ?other.? Examination of performance structures emerging from mimicry and appropriation. Performance styles include: the exotic shows of 19th century Europe, the blackface minstrel theater, Carnival in the Americas, popular culture. This course is the same as Africana Studies 3215.

Prerequisite: English 1010


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