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The Resource Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora : Black women writing and performing, Mae G. Henderson

Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora : Black women writing and performing, Mae G. Henderson

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Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora : Black women writing and performing
Title
Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora
Title remainder
Black women writing and performing
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Mae G. Henderson
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Language
eng
Summary
The oral tradition has always played an important role in African American literature, ranging from works such as Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God to Toni Morrison's Beloved. These and countless other novels affirm the power of sonance and sound in the African American literary canon. Considering the wide swath of work in this powerful lineage -- in addition to its shared heritage with performance -- Mae G. Henderson deploys her trope of "speaking in tongues" to theorize the preeminence of voice and narration in black women's literary performance through her reconstruction of a fundamentally spiritual practice as a critical concept for reading black women's writing dialogically and intertextually. The first half of the book is devoted to influential works of fiction, as Henderson offers a series of spirited, attentive readings of works by Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Sherley Anne Williams, Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, and Nella Larsen. The second half shifts gears to consider the world of female African American performance, most notably in the figures of Josephine Baker and the video dancer. Drawing on the trope of "dancing diaspora," Henderson proposes a model of theorizing based on "performing testimony" and "critical witnessing." Throughout the book, Henderson draws on a history of black women not only in the Pentecostal Holiness Church, but also within the traditions of classical, Christian, African, and black diasporic spirituality and performance. Ultimately, Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora provides a deeply felt reflection on race and gender and their effects within the discourses of speaker/listener and audience/performer. --Provided by publisher
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Henderson, Mae
Dewey number
810.9/928708996073
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.N4
LC item number
H47 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Race and American culture
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  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • African American women entertainers
  • African American women
  • African Americans in literature
  • African American women in literature
  • African American women entertainers
  • African American women in literature
  • African American women
  • African Americans in literature
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
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Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora : Black women writing and performing, Mae G. Henderson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Alice Walker's The color purple: revisions and redefinitions -- (W)riting the work and working the rites -- Speaking in tongues: dialectics, dialogics, and the black woman writer's literary tradition -- Toni Morrison's Beloved: re-membering the body as historical text -- The stories of (O)Dessa: stories of complicity and resistance -- "Seen but not heard": a poetics of Afro-American women's writing -- Gayl Jones's White rat: speaking silence/silencing speech -- State of the art: black feminist theory -- What it means to teach the other when the other is the self -- Authors and authorities. Nella Larsen's Passing: passing, performance, and (post)modernism -- Josephine Baker and La revue nègre: from ethnography to performance -- Dancing diaspora: colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic readings of Josephine Baker as dancer and performance artist -- About face, or, what is this "back" in b(l)ack popular culture?: from Venus Hottentot to Video Hottie -- In retrospect. Sherley Anne Williams: "someone sweet angel chile" -- Bebe Moore Campbell: literature as equipment for living
Control code
866857453
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 319 pages
Isbn
9780195116595
Lccn
2013039953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)866857453
Label
Speaking in tongues and dancing diaspora : Black women writing and performing, Mae G. Henderson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction -- Alice Walker's The color purple: revisions and redefinitions -- (W)riting the work and working the rites -- Speaking in tongues: dialectics, dialogics, and the black woman writer's literary tradition -- Toni Morrison's Beloved: re-membering the body as historical text -- The stories of (O)Dessa: stories of complicity and resistance -- "Seen but not heard": a poetics of Afro-American women's writing -- Gayl Jones's White rat: speaking silence/silencing speech -- State of the art: black feminist theory -- What it means to teach the other when the other is the self -- Authors and authorities. Nella Larsen's Passing: passing, performance, and (post)modernism -- Josephine Baker and La revue nègre: from ethnography to performance -- Dancing diaspora: colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic readings of Josephine Baker as dancer and performance artist -- About face, or, what is this "back" in b(l)ack popular culture?: from Venus Hottentot to Video Hottie -- In retrospect. Sherley Anne Williams: "someone sweet angel chile" -- Bebe Moore Campbell: literature as equipment for living
Control code
866857453
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 319 pages
Isbn
9780195116595
Lccn
2013039953
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)866857453

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