Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity

@inproceedings{Johnson2003AppropriatingBP,
  title={Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity},
  author={E. Patrick Johnson},
  year={2003}
}
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… 

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