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A Little Devil in America

A Little Devil in America

Notes in Praise of Black Performance

Book - 2021
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"An urgent project that unravels all modes and methods of Black performance, in this moment when Black performers are coming to terms with their value, reception, and immense impact on America. With sharp insight, humor, and heart, Abdurraqib examines how Black performance happens in specific moments in time and space--midcentury Paris, the moon, or a cramped living room in Columbus, Ohio. At the outset of this project, Abdurraqib became fascinated with clips of Black minstrel entertainers like William Henry Lane, better known as Master Juba. Knowing there was something more complicated and deep-seated in the history and legacy of minstrelsy, Abdurraqib uncovered questions and tensions that help to reveal how Black performance pervades all areas of American society. Abdurraqib's prose is entrancing and fluid as he leads us along the links in his remarkable trains of thought. ...Considers, critques, and praises performance in music, sports, writing, comedy, grief, games, and love"--
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2021
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984801197
Branch Call Number: 791.08996 Ab329L 2021
Characteristics: xii, 300 pages ; 22 cm


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In this staggeringly intimate meditation, essayist and poet Abdurraqib (Go Ahead in the Rain), chronicles Black performance in American culture. -- Publishers Weekly

Nonfiction. Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Abdurraqib studies the impact of Black performers throughout U.S. history, sharing his own poignant stories along the way. (Library Journal)

A thoughtful memoir rolled into a set of joined essays on life, death, and the Black experience in America. (Kirkus)

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