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Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema

Hannah Durkin


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. Baker was the first Black woman to enjoy a starring role in mainstream cinema and Dunham was the first Black choreographer to be credited for her screen work. Equally, they were the first well-known African American women to produce multivolume accounts of their lives, and their writings serve as valuable firsthand documents of Black women’s interwar experiences. Why did Baker and Dunham enjoy such ... More

Keywords: Josephine Baker, Katherine Dunham, autobiography, cinema, dance, film, Black women writers, Black women performers, African American literature, transatlantic culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042621
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Durkin, author
Newcastle University