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Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism

GerShun Avilez


This book explores the long-overlooked links between Black Nationalist activism and the renaissance of artistic experimentation emerging from recent African American literature, visual art, and film. The book charts a new genealogy of contemporary African American artistic production that illuminates how questions of gender and sexuality guided artistic experimentation in the Black Arts Movement from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. As the book shows, the artistic production of the Black Arts era provides a set of critical methodologies and paradigms rooted in the disidentification with Black N ... More

Keywords: Black Nationalist activism, artistic experimentation, African American literature, gender, sexuality, Black Arts Movement, Black Arts era, aesthetic radicalism, black intimacy, black radicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040122
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

GerShun Avilez, author
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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