Racial Kitsch and Black Performance

  title={Racial Kitsch and Black Performance},
  author={Tavia Nyong’o},
  journal={The Yale Journal of Criticism},
  pages={371 - 391}
Consuming Monsters: Hungry Animals in the Discourse on Slavery
Abstract:From the late-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, abolitionists used depictions of hungry animals such as sharks, birds, and dogs to capture the consumptive logic of chattel slavery.Expand
Aloha made: the circulation of empire, plastic, and the visceral in Bishop Museum’s “Unreal Hawai‘i”
This article analyzes an exhibition at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, HI titled Unreal Hawai‘i: Hawai‘i in the Pacific Imagination. The exhibition juxtaposes tiki kitsch and appropriative printExpand
Of Beetles and Men: Public Memory, Southern Liberal Kitsch, and the Boll Weevil Monument at 100
ABSTRACT This essay addresses the public memory of the Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise, Alabama, as an exemplar of Southern liberal kitsch, a memory practice articulating regional identity throughExpand
TIRED TRUMP oder: Die Ermüdung der Theorie
Der Beitrag widmet sich verschiedenen Facetten der Performance von Trump, um sowohl die zugrundeliegenden diskurs- und affektpolitischen Mechanismen seiner Prasidentschaft als auch die jeweiligenExpand
The event of death: Reflections on the dynamics of emotions and embodied resistance in the Moroccan Contexts of hirak (movement) and la hirak ((non)movement)
ABSTRACT This paper studies the role of emotions in creating spectacular revolt situations. We underline the travelling competence of sentiments and their power in crafting trans-local moments ofExpand
Trashion treasure: A longitudinal view of the allure and re-functioning of discarded objects
As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Analyses of current reuse movements focus generally on a politics of uncoupling from capitalist consumption traps and commodityExpand
Ham Acting: A Circum-Atlantic Genealogy
Abstract:This essay explores the circum-Atlantic genealogy of ham, an aesthetic category that developed in Britain and America in the mid-nineteenth century as a response to the complex racialExpand
ReView Bamboozled: Archival Affects
The first time the author watched Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2000), the film literally moved her body 3000 miles. In this video reView, Bamboozled moves the author again, this time to the very spaceExpand
Sexing Farina: Our Gang's Episodes of Racial Childhood
  • Katherine Fusco
  • History
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
  • 2018
By examining the episodically shiting gender of the character Farina in Hal Roach's Our Gang series, this article argues that the integrationist fantasy Roach offered depended on a strategy forExpand


Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture
Exploring white American popular culture of the past century and a half, Turner details subtle and not-so-subtle negative tropes and images of black people, from Uncle Tom and Aunt Jemima to jokesExpand
Black Gay Man: Essays
At turns autobiographical, political, literary, erotic, and humorous, Black Gay Man will spoil our preconceived notions of not only what it means to be black, gay and male but also what it means toExpand
The Great Hole of History: Liturgical Silence in Beckett, Osofisan, and Parks
A particular kind of silence characterizes three plays from different places and times that also dramatize separate but related actions. These actions share a memory of the Atlantic world that eludesExpand
Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery in England and America, 1780-1865
Throughout this important volume, the author underscores two vital themes: one, that visual presentation of slavery in England and America has been utterly dishonest to its subject, and the other aExpand
The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life
Preface Chapter One The Ethics of Sexual Shame Chapter Two What's Wrong with Normal? Chapter Three Beyond Gay Marriage Chapter Four Zoning Out Sex Conclusion The Politics of Shame and HIV PreventionExpand
The cultural turn : selected writings on the postmodern, 1983-1998
Designed as a short introduction to Fredric Jameson's thought for both the student and the general reader, this reader gives accessible coverage to his writings on postmodernism. The book includes:Expand
Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America
In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath, Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity. Scenes ofExpand
Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America
List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsCh. 1Introduction3Ch. 2Exposing Slavery21Ch. 3Imagining Emancipation52Ch. 4Freedom's Memorial89Ch. 5Slavery's Memorial129Ch. 6Common Soldiers162Ch.Expand