Black Cultural Traffic

Crossroads in Global Performance and Popular Culture

Subjects: Diaspora Studies, American Studies, Music, Theater and Performance, Race and Ethnicity, African American Studies
Hardcover : 9780472098408, 416 pages, 15 B&W photos, 3 drawings, 1 chart, 6 x 9, December 2005
Ebook : 9780472025459, 416 pages, 12 photos, 3 drawings, 1 chart, February 2010
Paperback : 9780472068401, 416 pages, 15 B&W photos, 3 drawings, 1 chart, 6 x 9, December 2005
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Fresh takes on key questions in black performance and black popular culture, by leading artists, academics, and critics

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"A shrewdly designed, generously expansive, timely contribution to our understanding of how 'black' expression continues to define and defy the contours of global (post)modernity. The essays argue persuasively for a transnational ethos binding disparate African and diasporic enactments, and together provide a robust conversation about the nature, history, future, and even possibility of 'blackness' as a distinctive mode of cultural practice."
--Kimberly Benston, author of Performing Blackness

"Black Cultural Traffic is nothing less than our generation's manifesto on black performance and popular culture. With a distinguished roster of contributors and topics ranging across academic disciplines and the arts (including commentary on film, music, literature, theater, television, and visual cultures), this volume is not only required reading for scholars serious about the various dimensions of black performance, it is also a timely and necessary teaching tool. It captures the excitement and intellectual innovation of a field that has come of age. Kudos!"
--Dwight A. McBride, author of Why I Hate Abercrombie & Fitch

"The explosion of interest in black popular culture studies in the past fifteen years has left a significant need for a reader that reflects this new scholarly energy. Black Cultural Traffic answers that need."
--Mark Anthony Neal, author of Songs in the Key of Black Life

"A revolutionary anthology that will be widely read and taught. It crisscrosses continents and cultures and examines confluences and influences of black popular culture -- music, dance, theatre, television, fashion and film. It also adds a new dimension to current discussions of racial, ethnic, and national identity."
--Horace Porter, author of The Making of a Black Scholar

Harry J. Elam, Jr. , is Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of Drama at Stanford University. He is author of The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson and Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka.

Kennell Jackson is Associate Professor of History at Stanford, and author of America Is Me: 170 Fresh Questions and Answers on Black American History.

Winner: American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR) 2006 Distinguished Scholar Award

- ASTR Distinguished Scholar Award