THE SOVEREIGNTY OF QUIET BEYOND RESISTANCE IN BLACK CULTURE

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The Sovereignty Of Quiet

Author : Kevin Quashie
ISBN : 9780813553115
Genre : Literary Criticism
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African American culture is often considered expressive, dramatic, and even defiant. In The Sovereignty of Quiet, Kevin Quashie explores quiet as a different kind of expressiveness, one which characterizes a person’s desires, ambitions, hungers, vulnerabilities, and fears. Quiet is a metaphor for the inner life, and as such, enables a more nuanced understanding of black culture. The book revisits such iconic moments as Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s protest at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and Elizabeth Alexander’s reading at the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama. Quashie also examines such landmark texts as Gwendolyn Brooks’s Maud Martha, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, and Toni Morrison’s Sula to move beyond the emphasis on resistance, and to suggest that concepts like surrender, dreaming, and waiting can remind us of the wealth of black humanity.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Sovereignty Of Quiet

Author : Kevin Everod Quashie
ISBN : 0813553091
Genre : Literary Criticism
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African American culture is often considered expressive, dramatic, and even defiant, and this matrix has dominated our understanding of black communities and texts. In The Sovereignty of Quiet, Kevin Quashie explores how a different kind of expressiveness, from protests to readings to landmark texts, as represented in the idea of quiet could change common conceptions and provide a more nuanced view of black culture.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Sovereignty Of Quiet

Author : Kevin Everod Quashie
ISBN : 0813553105
Genre : Literary Criticism
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African American culture is often considered expressive, dramatic, and even defiant, and this matrix has dominated our understanding of black communities and texts. In The Sovereignty of Quiet, Kevin Quashie explores how a different kind of expressiveness, from protests to readings to landmark texts, as represented in the idea of quiet could change common conceptions and provide a more nuanced view of black culture.
Category: Literary Criticism

Black Women Identity And Cultural Theory

Author : Kevin Everod Quashie
ISBN : 0813533678
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Kevin Everod Quashie explores the metaphor of the "girlfriend" as a new way of understanding three central concepts of cultural studies: self, memory and language. He considers how the works of writers such as Toni Morrison and Ama Ata Aidoo inform the debates over the concept of identity.
Category: Literary Criticism

Digging

Author : Amiri Baraka
ISBN : 9780520265820
Genre : Music
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"As a commentator on American music, and African American music in particular, Baraka occupies a unique niche. His intelligence, critical sense, passion, strong political stances, involvement with musicians and in the musical world, as well as in his community, give his work a quality unlike any other. As a reviewer and as someone inside the movement, he writes powerfully about music as few others can or do."—Steven L. Isoardi, author of Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles "Every jazz musician who has endured beyond changing fashions and warring cultures has had a signature sound. Amiri Baraka—from the very beginning of his challenging, fiery presence on the jazz scene—has brought probing light, between his off-putting thunderclaps, on what is indeed America's classical music. I sometimes disagree insistently with Amiri, and it's mutual; but when he gets past his parochial pyrotechnics, as in choruses in this book, he brings you into the life force of this music."—Nat Hentoff, author of The Jazz Life
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Worrying The Line

Author : Cheryl A. Wall
ISBN : 0807855863
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In blues music, "worrying the line" is the technique of breaking up a phrase by changing pitch, adding a shout, or repeating words in order to emphasize, clarify, or subvert a moment in a song. Cheryl A. Wall applies this term to fiction and nonfiction wr
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New Bones

Author : Kevin Everod Quashie
ISBN : UCSC:32106016885581
Genre : Literary Collections
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The first of its kind, this volume presents the largest, most inclusive multi-genre anthology of contemporary (1970 to the present) African-American literature available. Unlike all other collections of contemporary Black literature (which are genre-specific), this volume includes works from all genres -- fiction, poetry, drama, essays, speeches, and mixed-genre works -- by important, well-known authors as well as by significant lesser-known authors, many never previously anthologized. It comprehensively captures the breadth, the scope, the depth, and the impact of contemporary African-American literature. Features works (mostly whole works, not just excerpts) by important, well-known authors, such as by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Audre Lore, August Wilson, Octavia Bintler, Gloria Naylor, Paule Marshall, John Edgar Wideman, Gwendolyn Broaks; and by lesser-known, but excellent authors, such as Michelle Cliff, Wanda Coleman, Randall Kenan, Essex Hemphill, Ruth Forman. Special Focused Writers sections provide an extended look at a writer's contributions, and includes interviews and critical essays along with a large selection of material. A General introductory essay situates the selections and the whole field; and introductory critical essays and headnotes for each writer introduce each author's selections (i.e., the writer's career, influences, impact, and themes), and locates the works included within the writer's entire body of work.
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The Aesthetics Of Everyday Life

Author : Andrew Light
ISBN : 9780231509350
Genre : Philosophy
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The aesthetics of everyday life, originally developed by Henri Lefebvre and other modernist theorists, is an extension of traditional aesthetics, usually confined to works of art. It is not limited to the study of humble objects but is rather concerned with all of the undeniably aesthetic experiences that arise when one contemplates objects or performs acts that are outside the traditional realm of aesthetics. It is concerned with the nature of the relationship between subject and object. One significant aspect of everyday aesthetics is environmental aesthetics, whether constructed, as a building, or manipulated, as a landscape. Others, also discussed in the book, include sport, weather, smell and taste, and food.
Category: Philosophy

The Signifying Monkey

Author : Henry Louis Gates
ISBN : 9780195136470
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 1989"--Title page verso.
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Rethinking The Other In Antiquity

Author : Erich S. Gruen
ISBN : 9780691156354
Genre : History
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Prevalent among classicists today is the notion that Greeks, Romans, and Jews enhanced their own self-perception by contrasting themselves with the so-called Other--Egyptians, Phoenicians, Ethiopians, Gauls, and other foreigners--frequently through hostile stereotypes, distortions, and caricature. In this provocative book, Erich Gruen demonstrates how the ancients found connections rather than contrasts, how they expressed admiration for the achievements and principles of other societies, and how they discerned--and even invented--kinship relations and shared roots with diverse peoples. Gruen shows how the ancients incorporated the traditions of foreign nations, and imagined blood ties and associations with distant cultures through myth, legend, and fictive histories. He looks at a host of creative tales, including those describing the founding of Thebes by the Phoenician Cadmus, Rome's embrace of Trojan and Arcadian origins, and Abraham as ancestor to the Spartans. Gruen gives in-depth readings of major texts by Aeschylus, Herodotus, Xenophon, Plutarch, Julius Caesar, Tacitus, and others, in addition to portions of the Hebrew Bible, revealing how they offer richly nuanced portraits of the alien that go well beyond stereotypes and caricature. Providing extraordinary insight into the ancient world, this controversial book explores how ancient attitudes toward the Other often expressed mutuality and connection, and not simply contrast and alienation.
Category: History