Welcome to the jungle : new positions in black cultural studies / Kobena Mercer.

by Mercer, Kobena, 1960-Looking glass; Boyce, Sonia, 1962-Looking glass; Chambers, EddieLooking glass; Fani-Kayode, Rotimi, 1955-1989Looking glass; Himid, Lubaina, 1954-Looking glass; Julien, IsaacLooking glass; Mapplethorpe, RobertLooking glass; Piper, Keith, 1960-Looking glass; Pollard, IngridLooking glass; Black Audio Film CollectiveLooking glass.

Publisher: New York ; Routledge, 1994.Description: viii, 339 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0415906342; 9780415906357; 0415906350.Subject(s): African American artsLooking glass | African Americans -- Race identityLooking glass | Arts, American -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Arts, Black -- Great Britain | Arts, Modern -- 20th century -- Great Britain | Blacks -- Race identity -- Great BritainNote: Partial contents: Robert Mapplethorpe - Isaac Julien - Keith Piper - Black Audio Film Collective - Sonia Boyce - Eddie Chambers - Rotimi Fani-Kayode - Lubaina Himid - Ingrid Pollard.Note: Bibliography: pages 325-333. - Includes index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Welcome to the Jungle brings a black British perspective to the critical reading of a wide range of cultural texts, events and experiences arising from volatile transformations in the politics of ethnicity, sexuality and "race" during the 1980s. The ten essays collected here examine new forms of cultural expression in black film, photography and visual art exerging with a new generation of black British artists, and interprets this prolific creativity within a sociological framework that reveals fresh perspectives on the bewildering complexity of identity and diversity in an era of postmodernity. Kobena Mercer documents a wealth of insights opened up by the overlapping of Asian, African and Caribbean cultures that constitute Black Britain as a unique domain of diaspora.

Partial contents: Robert Mapplethorpe - Isaac Julien - Keith Piper - Black Audio Film Collective - Sonia Boyce - Eddie Chambers - Rotimi Fani-Kayode - Lubaina Himid - Ingrid Pollard.

Bibliography: pages 325-333. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  • Introduction: Black Britain and the Cultural Politics of Diaspora (p. 1)
  • 1 Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson's Thriller (p. 33)
  • 2 Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britain (p. 53)
  • 3 Recoding Narratives of Race and Nation (p. 69)
  • 4 Black Hair/Style Politics (p. 97)
  • 5 Black Masculinity and the Sexual Politics of Race: True Confessions (with Isaac Julien); Racism and the Politics of Masculinity; AIDS, Racism and Homophobia; Engendered Species (p. 131)
  • 6 Reading Racial Fetishism: The Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe Imaging The Black Man's Sex (1986) Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial Difference and the Homoerotic Imaginary (1989) (p. 171)
  • 7 Dark & Lovely: Black Gay Image-Making (p. 221)
  • 8 Black Art and the Burden of Representation (p. 233)
  • 9 Welcome to the Jungle: Identity and Diversity in Postmodern Politics (p. 259)
  • 10 "1968": Periodizing Politics and Identity (p. 287)
  • Notes (p. 309)
  • Bibliography (p. 325)
  • Index (p. 335)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Kobena Mercer brings a black perspective to the reading of a wide range of cultural texts, events and experiences in the politics of ethnicity, sexuality and 'race' during the 1980s. Mercer seeks out new hybrid identities that have been forged out of this turbulent period--focusing particularly on the black diaspora societies of the United States and Britain--from Michael Jackson's ethnic androgyny to the homoerotic photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe. Welcome to the Jungle examines black cultural forms such as hairstyles, dress, and music, and new forms of cultural expression in black film, photography, music and visual art that have emerged with the latest generation of black artists, and situates this prolific creativity within a framework that reveals fresh perspectives on the complexity of identity and diversity in an era of postmodernity.

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