Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity

  title={Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity},
  author={E. Johnson},
Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson's provocative study examines the various ways that blackness is appropriated and performed - toward widely divergent ends - both within and outside African American culture. Appropriating Blackness develops from the contention that blackness in the United States is necessarily a politicized identity trope - avowed and disavowed, attractive and repellant, fixed and malleable. Drawing on performance theory, queer studies, literary analysis, film… Expand
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