In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Paperback | September 24, 2010

byRichard Iton

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*Winner of the 2009 Ralph J. Bunche Award**Named one of CHOICE 's "Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009"*Prior to the 1960s, when African Americans had little access to formal political power, black popular culture was commonly seen as a means of forging community and effecting political change. But as Richard Iton shows in this provocative and insightful volume, despite the changes brought about by the civil rights movement, and contrary to the wishes of those committed to narrower conceptions of politics, black artists have continued to play a significant role in the making andmaintenance of critical social spaces. Iton offers an original portrait of the relationship between popular culture and institutionalized politics tracing the connections between artists such as Paul Robeson, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Pryor, Bob Marley and Erykah Badu and those individuals workingin the protest, electoral, and policy making arenas. With an emphasis on questions of class, gender and sexuality-and diaspora and coloniality-the author also illustrates how creative artists destabilize modern notions of the proper location of politics, and politics itself. Ranging from theatre to film, and comedy to literature and contemporary music, In Search of the Black Fantastic is an engaging and sophisticated examination of how black popular culture has challenged our understandings of the aesthetic and its relationship to politics.

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*Winner of the 2009 Ralph J. Bunche Award**Named one of CHOICE 's "Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009"*Prior to the 1960s, when African Americans had little access to formal political power, black popular culture was commonly seen as a means of forging community and effecting political change. But as Richard Iton shows in this...

Richard Iton is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is the winner of the 2009 Ralph Bunche Award for In Search of the Black Fantastic, and the 2001 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book award and 2000 Best Book Award on the Social, Cultural, and Ideological Construction of Race from the American Politic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Known Rivers / New Forms2. Remembering the Family: The Cold War and Black Cultural Politics3. Nation Time and the Black Ironic: Temporality and Its Discontents4. Let Them Only See Us: The Politics of Representation and the Black Superpublic5. Variations on the Solidarity Blues: Welfare Policy and the Low End Theory6. Round Trips on the Black Star Line: Making Foreign Policy in the American Century7. Not as Others: Colored Discourse and the Levittican Rhythm8. After the Dance: Adventures in Land of the BittersweetNotesAcknowledgementsIndex