AFST 3215 Performing Blackness
(Prior to Fall 2010, this course was known as AFRIC 23.6.
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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 nineteenth century Europe, the blackface minstrel theater, Carnival in the Americas, popular culture.