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Synopsis: Observers of American society have long noted the distinctive contribution of African Americans to the nation's cultural life. We find references to African American music and dance, black forms of oral expression, even a black style of playing basketball. But what do such terms really mean? Is it legitimate to talk about a distinct African American aesthetic, or is this simply a vestige of an outmoded racial essentialism? What makes a particular form of cultural expression "black" other than the fact that some African Americans may practice it? These are some of the questions addressed in the readings gathered in this volume by Gena Dagel Caponi. The essays, some previously published and others new, spring from a variety of disciplines and cover a broad range of topics, from the communal ritual of the ring shout to the evolution of rap to the improvisational genius of Michael Jordan. While each piece focuses on a different aspect of African American expressive culture, together they reveal a set of creative principles, techniques, and practices―a cultural aesthetic―that is remarkably consistent and resilient.
About the Author: Gena Dagel Caponi is Associate Professor of American studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and author of Paul Bowles: Romantic Savage.
Title: Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin', & Slam Dunking: A...
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Book Description University of Massachusetts Press, 1999. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 155849183X Caponi, Gena Dagel. Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin', and Slam Dunking: A Reader in African American Expressive Culture. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts, 1999. 467pp. Indexed. 8vo. Paperback. Book condition: Very good. Light rubbing to extremities. Bookseller Inventory # UCAPSIG00MW
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