Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism

Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism
TitleRadical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorAvilez, GerShun
Number of Pages232
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number0252081617
Keywordsafrican-american studies, black nationalism, history, radical
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Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism 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. GerShun Avilez 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 Avilez shows, the artistic production of the Black Arts era provides a set of critical methodologies and paradigms rooted in the disidentification with black nationalist discourses. Avilez's close readings study how this emerging subjectivity, termed aesthetic radicalism , critiqued nationalist rhetoric in the past. It also continues to offer novel means for expressing black intimacy and embodiment via experimental works of art and innovative artistic methods. A bold addition to an advancing field, Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism rewrites recent black cultural production even as it uncovers unexpected ways of locating black radicalism.