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A little devil in America : notes in praise of Black performance / Hanif Abdurraqib.

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Summary:

"A Little Devil in America is an urgent project that unravels all modes and methods of black performance, in this moment when black performers are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. With sharp insight, humor, and heart, Abdurraqib examines how black performance happens in specific moments in time and space--midcentury Paris, the moon, or a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio. At the outset of this project, Abdurraqib became fascinated with clips of black minstrel entertainers like William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba. Knowing there was something more complicated and deep-seated in the history and legacy of minstrelsy, Abdurraqib uncovered questions and tensions that help to reveal how black performance pervades all areas of American society. Abdurraqib's prose is entrancing and fluid as he leads us along the links in his remarkable trains of thought. A Little Devil in America considers, critiques, and praises performance in music, sports, writing, comedy, grief, games, and love."
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Hood River County Library 791.08996 ABD 2021 (Text) 33892100735332 Adult New Books Book None 05/04/2021 Checked out 07/03/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984801197
  • ISBN: 1984801198
  • Physical Description: xii, 300 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]

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General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Performing miracles. On times I have forced myself to dance ; On marathons and tunnels ; On going home as performance ; An epilogue for Aretha -- Suspending disbelief. On times I have forced myself to dance ; This one goes out to all the magical Negroes ; Sixteen ways of looking at blackface ; On certain and uncertain movement of limbs ; Nine considerations of Black people in space -- On matters of country/provenance. On times I have forced myself to dance ; The Josephine Baker monument can never be large enough ; It is safe to say I have lost many games of spades ; My favorite thing about Don Shirley ; I would like to give Merry Clayton her roses ; Beyoncé performs at the Super Bowl and I think about all the jobs I've hated -- Anatomy of closeness//Chasing blood. On times I have forced myself to dance ; The beef sometimes begins with a dance move ; Fear: a crown ; On the performance of softness ; Board up the doors, tear down the walls -- Callings to remember. On times I have forced myself not to dance.
Summary, etc.:
"A Little Devil in America is an urgent project that unravels all modes and methods of black performance, in this moment when black performers are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. With sharp insight, humor, and heart, Abdurraqib examines how black performance happens in specific moments in time and space--midcentury Paris, the moon, or a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio. At the outset of this project, Abdurraqib became fascinated with clips of black minstrel entertainers like William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba. Knowing there was something more complicated and deep-seated in the history and legacy of minstrelsy, Abdurraqib uncovered questions and tensions that help to reveal how black performance pervades all areas of American society. Abdurraqib's prose is entrancing and fluid as he leads us along the links in his remarkable trains of thought. A Little Devil in America considers, critiques, and praises performance in music, sports, writing, comedy, grief, games, and love." -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: African Americans in the performing arts.
American literature > African American authors > History and criticism.
African Americans > Race identity.
United States > Race relations.
African Americans > Intellectual life.
African Americans > Social conditions.

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