Blackening Europe : The African American Presence.

By: Raphael-Hernandez, HeikeMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandCrosscurrents in African American History: Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2012Copyright date: ©2004Description: 1 online resource (337 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781136071942Subject(s): Europe - Ethnic relationsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Blackening Europe : The African American PresenceDDC classification: 305.89607304 LOC classification: D1056.2.A7Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- Title -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword: Migrancy, Culture, and a New Map of Europe -- Introduction: Making the African American Experience Primary -- Part I: Creating a Foundation -- 1 Jazz as Decal for the European Avant-Garde -- 2 Blackness as Symptom: Josephine Baker and European Identity -- 3 "Jungle in the Spotlight"?: Primitivism and Esteem: Katherine Dunham's 1954 German Tour -- 4 Black Music, White Freedom: Times and Spaces of Jazz Countercultures in the USSR -- Part II:Accompanying Europe into the Twenty-first Century -- 5 Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery Memorials in the United States and the Netherlands -- 6 Dancing Away toward Home: An Interview with Bill T. Jones about Dancing in Contemporary Europe -- 7 The Melancholic Influence of the Postcolonial Spectral: Vera Mantero Summoning Josephine Baker -- 8 Nights of Flamenco and Blues in Spain: From Sorrow Songs to Soleá and Back -- 9 Monsieur Hip-Hop -- 10 Rap, Rebounds, and Rocawear: The "Darkening" of German Youth Culture -- 11 A. R. T., Klikk, K. A. O. S., and the Rest: Hungarian Youth Rapping -- 12 "But I Ain't African, I'm American!": Black American Exiles and the Construction of Racial Identities in Twentieth-Century France -- 13 "Heroes across the Sea": Black and White British Fascination with African Americans in the Contemporary Black British Fiction by Caryl Phillips and Jackie Kay -- Part III: Turning into Theory for Europe -- 14 Never Shall We Be Slaves: Locke's Treatises, Slavery, and Early European Modernity -- 15 Make Capital Out of Their Sympathy: Rhetoric and Reality of U. S. Slavery and Italian Immigrant Prostitution along the Color Line from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century -- 16 Blackening Gypsy Slavery: The Romanian Case.
17 "Niggas" and "Skins": Nihilism among African American Youth in Low-Income Urban Communities and East German Youth in Satellite Cities, Small Towns, and Rural Areas -- Contributors -- Index.
Summary: Traditional Scholars have often looked at African American studies through the lens of European theories, resulting in the secondarization of the African American presence in Europe and its contributions to European culture. Blackening Europe reverses this pattern by using African American culture as the starting point for a discussion of its influences over traditional European structures. Evidence of Europe's blackening abound, form French ministers of Hip-hop and British incarnations of "Shaft" to slavery memorial in the Netherlands and German youth sporting dreadlocks. Collecting essays by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and fields as diverse as history, literature, politics, social studies, art, film and music, Blackening Europe explores the implications of these cultural hybrids and extends the growing dialogues about Europe's fascination with African America.
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Cover -- Title -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword: Migrancy, Culture, and a New Map of Europe -- Introduction: Making the African American Experience Primary -- Part I: Creating a Foundation -- 1 Jazz as Decal for the European Avant-Garde -- 2 Blackness as Symptom: Josephine Baker and European Identity -- 3 "Jungle in the Spotlight"?: Primitivism and Esteem: Katherine Dunham's 1954 German Tour -- 4 Black Music, White Freedom: Times and Spaces of Jazz Countercultures in the USSR -- Part II:Accompanying Europe into the Twenty-first Century -- 5 Monuments of the Black Atlantic: Slavery Memorials in the United States and the Netherlands -- 6 Dancing Away toward Home: An Interview with Bill T. Jones about Dancing in Contemporary Europe -- 7 The Melancholic Influence of the Postcolonial Spectral: Vera Mantero Summoning Josephine Baker -- 8 Nights of Flamenco and Blues in Spain: From Sorrow Songs to Soleá and Back -- 9 Monsieur Hip-Hop -- 10 Rap, Rebounds, and Rocawear: The "Darkening" of German Youth Culture -- 11 A. R. T., Klikk, K. A. O. S., and the Rest: Hungarian Youth Rapping -- 12 "But I Ain't African, I'm American!": Black American Exiles and the Construction of Racial Identities in Twentieth-Century France -- 13 "Heroes across the Sea": Black and White British Fascination with African Americans in the Contemporary Black British Fiction by Caryl Phillips and Jackie Kay -- Part III: Turning into Theory for Europe -- 14 Never Shall We Be Slaves: Locke's Treatises, Slavery, and Early European Modernity -- 15 Make Capital Out of Their Sympathy: Rhetoric and Reality of U. S. Slavery and Italian Immigrant Prostitution along the Color Line from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century -- 16 Blackening Gypsy Slavery: The Romanian Case.

17 "Niggas" and "Skins": Nihilism among African American Youth in Low-Income Urban Communities and East German Youth in Satellite Cities, Small Towns, and Rural Areas -- Contributors -- Index.

Traditional Scholars have often looked at African American studies through the lens of European theories, resulting in the secondarization of the African American presence in Europe and its contributions to European culture. Blackening Europe reverses this pattern by using African American culture as the starting point for a discussion of its influences over traditional European structures. Evidence of Europe's blackening abound, form French ministers of Hip-hop and British incarnations of "Shaft" to slavery memorial in the Netherlands and German youth sporting dreadlocks. Collecting essays by scholars from both sides of the Atlantic and fields as diverse as history, literature, politics, social studies, art, film and music, Blackening Europe explores the implications of these cultural hybrids and extends the growing dialogues about Europe's fascination with African America.

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This intriguing collection seeks to examine the contemporary influence of African American ideas, music, culture, art, and history upon Europeans. After the editor's introductory piece on the historic interactions of Africans, African Americans, and Europeans, the following essays describe a variety of topics, such as the importance of jazz on the European avant-garde in the 1920s as well as on Soviet counterculture during the 1960s and 1970s. Music and dance (from flamenco to hip-hop) occupy places of spatial privilege in this volume; of the 17 essays, 10 concern African American influences on European music and dance in various countries and during various times. Some of the essays' authors suggest that US globalizing influences have disseminated African American culture as well--from rap music to baggy Ecko pants. The authors are critical of Europe's inability to understand or examine how African American culture generally has enriched and complicated contemporary European society. While some of the essays' authors tend to employ cultural studies jargon that obfuscates rather than clarifies their arguments, in general, the essays illuminate aspects of trans-Atlantic influence rarely considered. The volume is useful for advanced students in ethnic studies, cultural studies, and sociology. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Deshmukh George Mason University

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