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“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


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


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


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


Introduction: A Legacy of Radical Differences

Malik Gaines

in Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479837038
eISBN:
9781479822607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479837038.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Blackness, the sixties, and the transnational left are three overlapping registers through which this book traces the radical possibilities of performance. Defining each of these and their ... More


“Stealing Steps” and Signature Moves: Alternative Systems of Copyright

Anthea Kraut

in Choreographing Copyright: Race, Gender, and Intellectual Property Rights in American Dance

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199360369
eISBN:
9780199360390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360369.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter asks how notions of property infused the practices of African American vernacular dancers in the 1930s and 1940s. While a number of scholars have argued that Western ideas of singular ... More


Work in the City

Tanya Hart

in Health in the City: Race, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479867998
eISBN:
9781479875184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides an overview of the amalgamation of top-down efforts to aid and analyze the poor. In particular, it discusses the study of Dr. S. Josephine Baker, head of the Division of Child ... 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


Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story between the Great Wars

William Shack

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520225374
eISBN:
9780520925694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520225374.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

During the years between the world wars, a small but dynamic community of African American jazz musicians left the United States and settled in Paris, creating a vibrant expatriate music scene and ... More


Féral Benga's Body

James Smalls

in Africa in Europe: Studies in Transnational Practice in the Long Twentieth Century

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846318474
eISBN:
9781781380437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318474.003.0006
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter examines the career of the Senegalese dancer Féral Benga, focusing on various visual and verbal encounters with Féral Benga’s body by a handful of modern artists and writers of the early ... More


Bal Colonial

Jan Brokken

in The Music of the Netherlands Antilles: Why Eleven Antilleans Knelt before Chopin's Heart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461855
eISBN:
9781626740914
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461855.003.0032
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter compares and contracts the musical histories of Martinique and Guadeloupe with the Netherlands Antilles and the response to the music they produced in their respective colonial masters ... More


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