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The Dancer in Translation: Baker’s Coauthored Narratives

Hannah Durkin

in Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042621
eISBN:
9780252051463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter focuses on three of Baker’s memoirs, Voyages et aventures de Joséphine Baker (1931), Une vie de toutes les couleurs (1935), and Josephine (1978), to recover her intellectual voice and ... More


“Du jazz hot à La Créole”: Josephine Baker Sings Offenbach

Adny Fry

in Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226138787
eISBN:
9780226138954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226138954.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

In a change of pace from the previous two, chapter 3 focuses on one performer, Josephine Baker, and primarily on one show, her unlikely 1934 revival of Offenbach’s La Créole. Wrapping original and ... More


Performing within Primitivism: Baker on the French Silent Screen

Hannah Durkin

in Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042621
eISBN:
9780252051463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter examines Baker’s two feature-length silent films, La Revue des revues and La Sirène des tropiques (both 1927). It shows how their staging of Baker’s dancing body plays into ... More


Cinematic Stardom: Baker and the 1930s French Musical Film

Hannah Durkin

in Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042621
eISBN:
9780252051463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter examines Zouzou (1933) and Princesse Tam-Tam (1934) as cinematically ambivalent in their portrayal of Baker as both a “primitive” performer and a glamorous chanteuse. The productions ... More


Josephine Baker’s Routes and Roots: Mobility, Belonging, and Activism in the Atlantic World

Katharina Gerund

in Deferred Dreams, Defiant Struggles: Critical Perspectives on Blackness, Belonging, and Civil Rights

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781786940339
eISBN:
9781786945006
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786940339.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter uses research paradigms from mobility studies, black diaspora studies, and transnational American studies, in order to create a nuanced picture of the many facets of Josephine Baker’s career ... More


Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Mae G. Henderson

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195116595
eISBN:
9780199375219
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Literature

Deploying the trope of “speaking in tongues” to theorize the multivocality of black women’s writing, based on the reconstruction of a fundamentally spiritual practice as critical concept, this book ... More


Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Hannah Durkin

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042621
eISBN:
9780252051463
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This book investigates African American dancers Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham’s self-inventions on screen and in writing to map the intellectual underpinnings and visual impact of their art. ... More


Introduction

Hannah Durkin

in Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042621
eISBN:
9780252051463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This book explores Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham’s contributions to the page and screen to shed new light on their intellectual interventions as Black women artists in midcentury transatlantic ... More


Between the Jungle and the Skyscraper: Josephine Baker in Paris and Berlin

James Donald

in Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Josephine Baker was a sensation when she first performed her danse sauvage as the finale to La Revue nègre in Paris in 1925. The chapter describes Baker’s formation as a performer in the United ... More


Josephine Baker and La Revue Nègre

Mae G. Henderson

in Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195116595
eISBN:
9780199375219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Literature

Baker’s parodic stage performances enacted scenarios in which audience and performer participated, the former compelled by a powerful voyeurism, the latter by an equally powerful exhibitionism, ... More


Dancing Diaspora

Mae G. Henderson

in Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195116595
eISBN:
9780199375219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Literature

Juxtaposing André Levinson’s French colonial reading of Baker’s performance with e. e. cummings’s American postcolonial reading, the chapter argues that while both acknowledge the powerful phallicism ... More


Rethinking The Revue Nègre: Black Musical Theatre after Josephine Baker

Adny Fry

in Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226138787
eISBN:
9780226138954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226138954.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

In 1925, Josephine Baker was famously launched to Parisian stardom by La Revue nègre. This show has come to be seen as an end rather than a beginning: the “Call to Order” supposedly reined in taste ... More


About Face, or, What Is This “Back” in B(l)ack Popular Culture?

Mae G. Henderson

in Speaking in Tongues and Dancing Diaspora: Black Women Writing and Performing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195116595
eISBN:
9780199375219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116595.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter historicizes and theorizes the sexual and commodity fetishization of the black female body/booty in multiple historical and contemporary “scientific,” economic, and cultural venues and ... More


Conclusion

Hannah Durkin

in Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042621
eISBN:
9780252051463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

The conclusion summarizes the book’s key arguments. It reflects on the significance of Baker and Dunham’s memoirs and films in revealing the limitations of their roles as midcentury Black women ... More


Blackface Transformations I: Modernism, Primitivism, and Race

Christopher J. Smith

in Dancing Revolution: Bodies, Space, and Sound in American Cultural History

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780252042393
eISBN:
9780252051234
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042393.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter investigates movement vocabularies associated with early-twentieth-century North American African American dance, particularly as specific performers adapted these exceptionally ... More


Introduction: A Migration of Stars

James Donald

in Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Starting with the response to jazz in the 1920s by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, the introduction examines how a fantasy of Black America provided European audiences, and especially ... More


Louis Douglas and the Weimar Reception of Harlemania

Leroy Hopkins

in Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737844
eISBN:
9781604737851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737844.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the German society’s fascination with black musical entertainment, focusing on Louis W. Douglas (1889–1939). Douglas, a native of Philadelphia, came to Paris in 1925 with his ... More


Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960

Andy Fry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226138787
eISBN:
9780226138954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226138954.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

France has long been credited with welcoming African Americans and their music: into its venues, into its compositions, into its writing. Yet the reception of jazz is much more complicated than that ... More


Michael Cummings: Stitching in Tempo

Graham Lock

in The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195340501
eISBN:
9780199852215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340501.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

Michael Cummings belongs to a new generation of art quilters who have moved away from traditional patterns to find fresh images with which to tell their stories. Born in Los Angeles in 1945, he moved ... More


Some of These Days: Black Stars, Jazz Aesthetics, and Modernist Culture

James Donald

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199354016
eISBN:
9780199354047
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199354016.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book shows how interwar European audiences, artists, and intellectuals particularly associated with modernism, used Black American culture-for which “jazz” was often a shorthand-to negotiate the ... More


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